Sunscreen 101

Sunscreen 101

Nothing ruins summer fun like a sunburn. Using sunscreen lets you enjoy the summer weather and avoid getting burned – but only if you use it the right way.

Here are some quick tips on how to use sunscreen to help prevent sunburn:

  • Use SPF 30 or higher.
  • Use one labeled “Broad Spectrum” to block all of the sun’s harmful rays.
  • Use a water-resistant sunscreen if you’re swimming or sweating a lot.
  • Apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before going out in the sun.
  • Reapply every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
  • Use enough to fully cover yourself. It takes about a golf ball size amount of sunscreen to cover an adult.
  • If you need to use DEET, don’t buy something that combines the two. Put your sunscreen on, and then put on your bug spray.

If you do get sunburned:

  • Don’t stay in the sun.
  • Take cool showers or baths.
  • Apply soothing lotion with aloe vera.
  • Drink a lot of water.
  • If you have a low fever or headache, go lie down in a cool place and take a mild pain reliever, like Tylenol or Advil.

Some sunburns can be serious. Call your doctor if you get a higher fever, start having vision problems, can’t keep fluid down, get an infection in any blisters, or if any symptoms get worse.

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