Sunscreen Safety Tips
Spending time outdoors is a great way to pass the summer hours, but it's important to keep in mind the dangers that come from being in the sun. Overexposure to the sun can cause sunburn, premature aging and even skin cancer. When selecting and using a sunscreen, there are four important things to remember:
- Read the label — Broad spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and USB rays. It's also important to know what the sun protection factor (SPF) number on sunscreen means in terms of protection:
- SPF 15 sunscreen filters about 93% of UVB rays
- SPF 30 filters about 97%
- SPF 50 filters about 98%
- SPF 100 filters about 99%
A sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is recommended. However, there is no sunscreen that completely protects against the sun's rays.
Keep these tips in mind and your time in the sun should be fun — and safe!