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As the number of sunny days increases and we head outdoors, remember to grab the sunscreen. People of all ages need to use sunscreen to decrease the risk of skin cancer and early aging. Sunburns in children are even more risky.
Remember the following:
- Choose a sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB, has an SPF of 30 or higher, and is water resistant
- Sunscreen should be applied generously (most people only apply ¼ of what is recommended) and should be applied 30 minutes before going into the sun for it to work properly
- Sunscreen should be reapplied at least every 2 hours
- Spray-on sunscreens are only eff ective if applied generously and rubbed in and should never be inhaled due to dangerous lung irritation that can occur
- Remember that the most intense sun occurs between 10 am and 2 pm
- Be careful around snow or sand as the sun can refl ect the sun more intensely
- Protect infants from the sun by sitting in the shade, having them wear protective clothing, and applying sunscreen to exposed areas
- Some think that sun exposure is good to boost Vitamin D levels. However, several hours in the sun only provides 300 IU of Vitamin D so if you need Vitamin D, talk to your doctor about the safer option of taking supplements
- And remember, there is no safe way to tan
Stay safe this summer as you apply sunscreen before going out into those beautiful, sunny, Colorado days!
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