With spring and summer on the way and the days growing longer, many of us will be spending more time outdoors. When you or your family members go outside, don’t forget to put sunscreen on areas of the body that are exposed to the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Select a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, has a sun-protection factor (SPF) of 30 or higher, and is water-resistant. Even if you don’t plan on going in the water, perspiration can reduce the effectiveness of sunscreens that aren’t water-resistant.
Apply sunscreen to dry skin about 15 minutes before going outside, and reapply about every 2 hours—or immediately after swimming or sweating—following the directions on the bottle.
Also, use lip balm with an SPF of at least 15 to protect the lips from the sun’s harmful rays.