Sunscreen basics


New research is revealing just how damaging a handful of blistering sunburns in a lifetime can be to your skin. Five or more can double your chances of getting skin cancer.

Here’s what you need to know from the American Academy of Dermatology.

  • Look for broad spectrum sunscreen. That means it protects from both UVA and UVB sun rays.
  • Choose an SPF of 30 or higher and remember no sunscreen offers 100 percent protection.
  • Try to put sunscreen on a half hour before you’re outside and reapply every two hours or after toweling off or being in the water.
  • For babies six months and younger the AAD recommends protecting them by keeping them in the shade, covering their skin when possible, wearing hats and sunglasses, and avoiding use of sunscreen.
  • For kids six months and older choose a sunscreen with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, which is most appropriate for the sensitive skin of infants and toddlers.