What You Don’t Know About Sunscreen Can Hurt You

Memorial Day weekend is coming and along with it in Southern Oregon, some really sunny weather.  Are you thinking about protecting your skin from the sun’s damaging rays?  Three big reasons to read more:  there are some facts about sunscreen you will likely find surprising, you might be using your sunscreen incorrectly, and not following recommendations by dermatologists can result in skin damage.  Did you know that a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) greater than 50 does not offer you any more significant coverage?  These higher SPF products can be higher in price, so you can save yourself some money by sticking to 30, which blocks 97% of UVB rays, or 50, which blocks 98%.  How much sunscreen do you use?  Did you know you should be using an amount that would fill a shot glass to cover your unprotected skin?  Do you know the difference between UVA and UVB?  UVA rays penetrate more deeply in the skin and accelerate aging, whereas UVB cause burning.  Both can cause skin cancers.  SPF in a lotion only tells you about protection from UVB.  How do you know if your sunscreen protects against UVA damage?  Look for the words “broad spectrum,” which indicate UVA protection.  Read more details on these facts and additional great information in this article from Time: