Fourth of July sun protection and …..why I use different sunscreens.
As the weather gets warmer, we’ve all been seeing a lot more sunburned people. Of course, what our staff thinks when spotting a sunburn is…..oh no…possibly another melanoma. Melanoma can be life threatening.
Why you don’t want a sunburn.
Sunburns have been proven to increase melanomas. Please google the images of these: you may save a friend’s life. Unfortunately, not all melanomas look like the photos. So…..if you have a spot on your skin that is growing, changing, itching more than a week, bleeding, etc., please see your doctor. If your primary care doctor seems unsure, or you are not confident about their expertise in skin, please see a dermatologist!!
Buy the right sunscreen!
- Try to find ones with fewer chemicals and that are higher in zinc or titanium. 10-20% zinc or a titanium/zinc combo is good.
- Clothing ……unless very thin….acts as a sunscreen! Even better, is clothing made for sun protection with an SPF rating.
- Seems obvious, but with time in the water or sweating, make sure the sunscreen says it’s made for this purpose.
- Hats with a brim are great and the wider the brim the better.
- Buy sunscreen with an SPF 30 or greater. An SPF 30 should protect against 90-95% of the UVB….when applied properly.
- You have to put on enough. The bottle will tell you. And reapply every 2-4 hours, depending on what you’re doing.
- Rash guards that surfers’ wear are so great. Find one you love that covers your whole arm.
Have a great time being active……and stay sun safe!!
Why do I use two different sunscreens in the morning?
Because one is untinted which I use on my neck, chest and back of my hands. And one is lightly tinted which I use on my face. 🙂