For Patients at Grand River Medical Group

Sunscreen Safety

Category: Dermatology, Health

sunscreenAs temperatures rise and summer activities begin we spend more time outside. Whether you are at a baseball game or doing yard work it is important to remember to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. UV rays can damage your skin in as little as 15 minutes, so always have sunscreen on hand.

What to remember when using sunscreen:

  1. Use a broad spectrum sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher.
  2. Apply a thick layer to all parts of your exposed skin.
  3. Check the expiration date- sunscreens should be replaced at least every 3 years.
  4. Wear lip balm that contains SPF 30 to protect your lips.
  5. Reapply every 2 hours.

If you don’t have sunscreen and are spending time outside find a shaded area or wear a hat, sunglasses and long sleeve clothing to help protect you from damaging UV rays.

Learn more from the American Academy of Dermatology here: how-to-select-sunscreen-infographic

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