Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sun Safety

Summer is one of my most favorite seasons! Being a Texas gal, hot is 9 months out of 12 but when the mercury in the thermostat climbs, I'm looking for some cold water to get in. Being a nursing student, mom and survivor of the worst sunburn ever, I believe strongly in sun safety!

We all know we should use sunscreen but did you know that 60% of adults reported having a sunburn last year. 

So How Much Sunscreen Should We Use?

It only takes 1 oz., which is about the size of a normal shot glass, to cover your entire body in sunscreen! You should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before you go into the sun so it has time to absorb into the skin and you should reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours!

There are a million sunscreens on the market Joni! Which one do we use?

You need a broad spectrum sunscreen with a MINIMUM SPF of 15! Pretty simple right? If you read ingredients you'll find there is little to no variation between brands. Sunscreen should be thrown out every 2-3 years but if you are going outdoors quite often, you should go through an entire bottle quickly.

What Else Can You Do?

Wear sunscreen on your lips.
Wear a sun hat or broad rimmed hat.
Protect your eyes with sunglasses.
Wear long sleeved shirts.
Stay Hydrated.
Avoid the direct sunlight during peak hours of 10am-4pm.
Get yearly skin checks from your doctor.

Some information was provided by Northshore University Healthcare System and the CDC.