QUINCY (WGEM) — Sunscreen, while not the first defense from the sun, is an important step in protecting your skin from harmful Ultra Violet Rays.
Here are some tips on the proper use of sunscreen while outside enjoying the summer weather.
Put on a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher before you go outside, even on slightly cloudy or cool days.
Put it on again if you stay out in the sun for more than two hours and after swimming, sweating, or drying off.
Check the sunscreen’s expiration date.
All products do not have the same ingredients; if your skin reacts badly to one product, try another one or call a doctor.
"Typically what we say is you need about one full ounce, so that's almost a shot glass full of sunscreen to cover any skin that is not covered by swimwear. So that's a typical average body, so you might adjust that accordingly," says Blessing Health System Dermatologist Dr. Elise Scoggin. "The sun does cause skin cancer. It doesn't just mean you have to have burns to get skin cancer to increase your risk for that. It's any type of sun exposure."
According to the Center for Disease Control, men are more likely than anybody else to get skin cancer, including melanoma. the deadliest kind of skin cancer.
Men tend to get more sun exposure than women. Men spend more time outside over their lifetimes than women, and they’re more likely to work outdoors than women. Women’s personal care products, like moisturizers and makeup, often contain sunscreen, while many products for men don’t.