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Swimming and sunscreen: What you need to know

Written by Community Health Network on 5/27/2014 7:00:00 AM

Give sunscreen time to absorb before swimmingMemorial Day weekend marks the beginning of swim season. Being at the pool or beach all day can take a toll on your skin because the sun penetrates beyond the surface of the water. Chlorinated pool water is very reflective and salt water at the beach is abrasive to the skin because the mix of salty water and sand, which wears off sunscreen.

Before you dive into the pool or make a splash in the ocean, know how to keep your skin protected from the suns harmful rays.

Apply sunscreen

A one-time application of sunscreen during the day does not provide 100 percent protection from UVB and UVA light. The SPF rating refers to the amount of time of skin protection from UVA and UVB light. Therefore, the lower the number, the less time your skin is protected.

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen (it protects against UVA and UVB rays) rated SPF 30 or higher. One ounce of sunscreen is considered a 'palmful', and this amount should cover the arms, legs, neck and face of the average adult. If you are spraying on the sunscreen, be sure to rub it in to avoid missing a spot. Wait 15 minutes after application before entering water, as the sunscreen needs time to absorb.

Don't forget to protect the top of your head with a hat, the top of your feet with shoes and your eyes with sunglasses.

Reapply sunscreen

Don't skimp on sunscreen! Reapply every two hours. continue reading ...

Tags: SPF , sunscreen , UV rays , UVA , UVB | Posted in: Skin Cancer

Prevent skin cancer with sunscreen and shade

Written by Community Health Network on 5/6/2014 7:00:00 AM

According to Dr. Priya Young,  “The greatest prevention we can take against skin cancer is to make sure sunscreen with an SPF of 30 is applied throughout young life and then continued into adulthood."

Young states that sprays are okay, but need to be applied thoroughly and correctly.

"Most people want to spray it on and then jump right into the water, or spray it haphazardly and miss areas of the skin," said Young. "Sunscreen isn’t effective if it just washes off, or if you have blotchy coverage. Also use a daily moisturizer with SPF 30 on your face, hands, neck and arms before you apply your make-up.”

Here are a few reminders about sun and skin protection: continue reading ...

Tags: skin protection , SPF , sunscreen , UV rays , UVA , UVB | Posted in: Skin Cancer

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