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Are You Using Sunscreen Correctly?


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.

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How much should be applied?

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

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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)

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How often should sunscreen be applied?

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

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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.

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What strength of sunscreen is best?

  • Apply a sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher whenever you're outdoors.
  • For children under 6 years of age, the SSA recommends sunscreen with an SPF 30 or higher. Older children should use sunscreen that is SPF 15 or higher.

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