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Dos and Don'ts of Sun Protection | Sunscreen and Sunblock

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Alpha loves the sun, surf, and sand. He also loves a tan in the summer. But the same rays that make you tan are also responsible for skin damage, premature aging, and skin cancer. Aaron Marino of alpha m. is going to try to keep you safe in the sun.

Sunscreen was created to protect military personnel. Present day, 1,800 options are available. With all of this selection, there is something everyone. The downside is that it can be confusing to pick the perfect option. The sun is glorious but it can wreak havoc our skin. Protect yourself at all times with sunscreen.

Don't get burned by using the following tips:

  • Make sure you pick a sunscreen with a broad spectrum protection (UVA and UVB).
  • Select a sunscreen between 15 and 50 SPF. The earlier in the season, use SPF 30 then you can work your SPF lower as the summer progresses.
  • The aerosol sprays don't last as well nor cover as well as the lotion.
  • Apply 15-mintues before going outside so it's absorbed.
  • Apply to every part of your body that is exposed: top of feet, hands, ears, and top of head if thinning / balding.
  • Use a chapstick that offers an 15 SPF or higher.
  • Make sure your sunscreen is water-resistant.
  • Use a facial moisturizer daily with a 15 SPF or higher year round.

 

Don'ts for sunscreens:

  • If it's cloudy or overcast, you can still get burned. Keep using sunscreen.
  • Don't use sunscreens with oxybenzone or benzophenone-3 as it messes with hormones and is a skin irritant.
  • SPF higher than 50 is not necessary-- SPF 50 is the max.
  • Don't forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours to make sure you're protected.
  • When all else fails, wear a tee shirt.
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