Spring Fever Sun Protection

With spring break quickly approaching it is time to remember the importance of sunscreens and review their proper use. We don’t want anyone to be left out in the sun without proper protection. First, it is important to wear sunscreen because the sun gives off ultraviolet (UV) radiation. The UVA and UVB rays given off by the sun can damage the skin. This damage leads to signs of premature aging in the skin as well as skin cancer. Wearing sunscreen can prevent much of this damage. When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to choose one with a SPF 30 or higher and with the ingredient zinc oxide included. Zinc oxide provides the most effective and immediate protection from both UVA and UVB rays. There are numerous cosmetically acceptable zinc oxide sunscreens on the market including non-greasy lotions, sprays and even powders. Check out the wide range of sunscreens with zinc oxide carried at skinfo¨ and you’ll be sure to find one you love. Most likely you will want different sunscreens for different situations: on the beach, everyday and when out and about. Once you choose a sunscreen, it is important to apply it daily to the areas of the body which are exposed. And, don’t forget to reapply! Reapplication of sunscreen should be done every 1.5-3 hours and more often if you are swimming or sweating. Have fun this spring break but make sure to care for your skin by protecting it daily with sunscreen.