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Why you should wear sunscreen regularly

It’s summertime. The sun is shining, the temperature is rising, and kids are playing outside. One of the most important actions you can take in the summer to protect your health is very simple: wear sunscreen. That’s right, applying sunscreen daily protects your skin from the sun’s powerful rays, reducing your chance of developing skin cancer. Did you know skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S.?

 

Follow these tips from a recent WebMD blog to find the most effective sunblock this summer.

  • Check the SPF for UVB protection. The SPF number indicates how well a sunscreen protects against ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. If you’d normally get a sunburn in 10 minutes, an SPF 15 extends that by 15 times, so you could last 150 minutes before burning.
  • Look for UVA protection. In addition to look at the SPF number, be sure to make sure your sunscreen states it has UVA, broad spectrum or multi-spectrum protection to protect you against ultraviolet A (UVA) rays.
  • Look for water resistance in a sunscreen. These products will last longer (though they still need to be reapplied throughout the day) when you sweat or swim.
  • Speaking of reapplying, you should reapply your sunscreen regularly. What you put on in the morning will not last all day. Follow the directions on the bottle for reapplying.

To learn more about the effectiveness of sunscreen and why it’s important to protect your skin each day, click here.

 

If you have questions about sun protection or suspect you may show signs of skin abnormalities (discoloration, moles, burn, etc.), you should visit your doctor.

 

To make an appointment with a physician at Monarch Primary Care, give us a call (513) 246-2070.

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