Avoid sunscreen slip-ups

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Posted: Tuesday, June 3, 2014 9:54 am

Now that we’re back outside in the sunshine it’s important to get back into your sunscreen habit too.

Sun damages the DNA in your skin and increases your risk of skin cancer, the most common form of cancer in the United States.

Sunscreen can protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays when applied correctly. Apply sunscreen about 10-15 minutes before going outside so it has a chance to absorb into your skin, and don’t skimp on the amount.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends choosing a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or more and broad spectrum to protect against UVA and UVB rays.

Sunscreen should also be reapplied at least every 2 hours especially if you’re swimming or sweating.

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