Wearing a higher sunscreen SPF does NOT mean you can spend all day in the sun without reapplication
You can get a sunburn even on a cloudy day. Since up to 90% of the sun's rays can penetrate clouds. It's a good idea to apply sunscreen everyday, no matter what the weather.
A sunscreen's SPF protection is compromised if too little is applied. It takes approximately 30 mL (1 ounce) of sunscreen to cover an average-sized body. Read five simple smart tips for applying sunscreen.
Wearing a higher sunscreen SPF does not mean you do not need to reapply. You should reapply sunscreen every two hours, regardless of the SPF and after swimming, sweating or towel drying. Read five smart tips for reapplying sunscreen.
Kids spend a lot of time outdoors, often in and out of water. When selecting sunscreen for their children, parents should look for products that are broad spectrum, water resistant for 80 minutes, and always follow reapplication instructions. It is recommended that kids use a secondary form of protection such as long sleeve shirts, pants, hats and sunglasses.
Sunscreen does not prevent your body from making Vitamin D. While it's true that sunscreens do help block out UV rays, no sunscreen blocks 100% of the Vitamin D-producing rays. To be sure that you are getting enough Vitamin D, ask your doctor about taking a vitamin D supplement.
Certain medications and conditions can increase sun sensitivity. Some medications, including for example certain antibiotics, birth control pills, anti-depressants and heart medications, can affect your sensitivity to the sun. Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns you may have with your doctors.
Sun exposure is responsible for up to 90% of the visible signs of skin aging. No product will block all rays. Sunscreen ingredients can absorb, reflect or scatter UV rays before they can penetrate into your skin.
Any tan is a sign of skin damage! You can still enjoy the sun, but be sure to limit your amount of direct exposure and help protect your skin as much as possible. Moderation is key!
Concrete, sand, water and snow reflect up to 85% of the sun's UV rays
Loosely-woven, see-through and/or wet fabrics generally provide minimal protection against UV rays. The protection delivered by fabric depends on their weave, thickness and color. Look for tightly-woven fabrics and dark colors. There are also new fabrics with specific UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) labels that provide even more sun protection.