Here are some questions to ask yourself before using sunscreen this summer provided by the Sun Safety Alliance!

How should sunscreens be applied?

* Follow directions and shake the bottle before using.
* Thoroughly rub sunscreen over skin to make sure the coverage is even.
* Make sure all skin is covered (including neck, ears and lips).
* For people with thin or thinning hair, apply sunscreen to the scalp as well.
* How much should be applied?

Sunscreen should be applied liberally and evenly to all exposed areas before sun or water exposure.

When should I apply sunscreen?

Before doing any outside activities. Whenever you’re spending time outdoors—and not just in the pool! (for picnics, walks, hiking, riding in a car, etc)

How often should sunscreen be applied?

Reapply sunscreen after swimming, perspiring, and toweling off. Reapply sunscreen often!

What Is SPF?

* “SPF” stands for “Sun Protection Factor.”
* Indicates how much longer a person wearing sunscreen can stay in the sun before beginning to burn—than they would without using any sunscreen at all.
* SPF numbers generally range from 2 to 50.
* The American Academy of Dermatology and the Sun Safety Alliance (SSA) recommend an SPF of 15 or higher.
* For children, the SSA recommends sunscreen product with an SPF of 30.

Source: Sun Safety Alliance

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