Keep your skin healthy and defend against lasting damage with these expert tips from The Skin Cancer Foundation.learn more about sun safety skincancer.org
the best defense.
Choose products with an SPF of 15 or higher for daily use and 30 or higher if you're going to be outside a while. Reapply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. Look for products with The Skin Cancer Foundation's Seal of Recommendation and for broad-spectrum formulas, which screen out both UVA and UVB rays.
sunscreen for all.
It's a good idea to use sunscreen all the time, rain or shine. Most everyone, except for babies under 6 months, should use sunscreen, year-round, to defend against skin damage and skin cancer. Snow and sand's reflective glare boosts the risk of sun damage, so protect yourself at the beach or on the slopes, too.
keep or toss?
The FDA requires that all sunscreens be effective for at least 3 years, so check the date printed on the bottle and toss it if it's expired. Or, write the purchase date on the bottle when you buy it. Changes in color or consistency may indicate the product is no longer effective.