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With spring break around the corner and summer coming up, it’s time to stock up on sunscreen!

While we live in a society that values tan skin and the bronzed glow that baking in the sun provides, it’s really important to take sunscreen and protection from the sun seriously so you don’t end up burned.

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Why is sunscreen so important?

Sunscreen not only prevents against skin cancer, but it also slows down aging and the appearances of sun spots. In fact, studies suggest that applying sun screen can reduce the chances of melanoma by half!

Sunscreen is especially important if skin cancer runs in your family so be sure to slather yourself up before heading to the beach.

When should I apply sunscreen?

Any time you go outside; it’s a myth that you don’t need sunscreen in the winter or when the sun isn’t out. Remember: skin cancer doesn’t discriminate based on gender so men need to apply as well!

If you’re on spring break, be sure to apply your sunscreen lotion at least a half hour before heading outside; reapply after going in the water and about halfway through the day.

You will be sweating a lot on the beach and if your sunscreen isn’t waterproof, you should be reapplying it regularly to keep yourself protected.

How often should I apply sunscreen?

Sunscreen should be reapplied every 2-4 hours depending on how much you are sweating, how strong the sun is and how often you are heading into the water.

What kind of sunscreen should I buy?

A sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30 is recommended, but everyone responds differently to sunscreen. If you’re prone to burning, then you should opt for a higher SPF. If the sun is particularly strong, also opt for a higher SPF.

How much sunscreen should I use?

The average person should apply a 1 oz of sunscreen (a shot glass worth). Most people use significantly less than that so make sure to apply at least 1 oz, probably more.

What other products can I purchase to protect myself from the sun?

UPF 50 clothes and umbrella’s, sunglasses and hats!

While it’s trendy to be tan, consider tanning alternatives for your bronze glow! Drugstores and high-end cosmetic stores have a variety of products to give you that glow without the risk of skin cancer.

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