Do we need to wear sunscreen indoors?
The amount of exposure to UVA is continuous throughout the year, whereas UVB exposure occurs more in the summer. UVB is most commonly associated with darkening of the skin (hyperpigmentation) during summer.
Is it true that sunscreen can cause skin cancer?
Should I still apply sunscreen after summer
Yes, we need to apply sunscreen all year round because exposure to UVA is continuous throughout the year, this may lead to loss of skin elasticity and wrinkling. American College of Dermatology asserts that snow, sand, and water increases the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s rays.
Here’s The American Academy of Dermatology’s (AAD) guideline for sunscreen use:
- Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage from UVA and UVB rays.
- Apply sunscreen generously 15 minutes before going outdoors.
- Use enough, most adults need at least one ounce of sunscreen, about the amount you can hold in your palm, to fully cover your body.
- Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet, and legs. If you have thinning hair, either put sunscreen on your scalp or wear a wide‐brimmed hat. Use a balm with an SPF of at least 15 for your lips.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating. People who get sunburned usually didn't use enough sunscreen, didn't reapply it after being in the sun, or used a sunscreen that was expired.
In addition, seek shade especially when sun is strongest between 10AM-4PM, wear wide brimmed-hat , use light weight clothing that covers exposed areas, avoid tanning beds. Please keep newborns out of direct sun since their skin is extremely vulnerable. Sunscreens should be used on babies over the age of six months. Children are very sensitive to ultraviolet radiation- one severe sunburn in childhood doubles the chances of developing melanoma later in life.
Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are safe however those with additional contents such as PABA and Trolamine salicylate are not considered safe. Please read label for ingredients which should be on the front of the product. You can post your questions on our Facebook page or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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