S is for Sun Safety
Know how to protect your family from the sun. For the best protection, we recommend a combination of sun protection measures.
Protect Your Skin
1. SLIP on a shirt that covers as much skin as possible.
2. SLOP on broad spectrum, water resistant, SPF 15+ sunscreen.
3. SLAP on a hat that protects your face, neck and ears.
4. SEEK shade.
5. SLIDE on some sunglasses, but make sure they have UVA protection coating.
Which Sunscreen Should I Use?
Select a sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB radiation, this means using a broad spectrum sunscreen. It should be SPF 15+ sunscreen and water resistant. According to a study by the FDA, an SPF 15 can provide approximately 93% protection from the sun, while an SPF 60 provides approximately 98%. Therefore, no matter which level of sunscreen is used, the guidelines for use and application are the same.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours- perspiration and water can wear off even waterproof formulas.
- SPF 15 - ideal for everyday use with minimal sun exposure, such as walking down the street or driving to work.
- SPF 30 or higher - ideal when spending 2 or more hours outdoors, even on cloudy days, since clouds do not block UV rays.
- Make sure the sunscreen that you are using has not expired yet, if so throw it out.
- Sunscreen that is past its expiration date will lose its effectiveness and start to deteriorate.
- Avoid the sun between 10am and 4pm, when the rays are the strongest.
Put your knowledge to the test with this Sun Safety Quiz created by the American Cancer Society.