School is out and summer is here! Itâ€™s important to stay protected from the sun this summer and find out if your sunscreen protection is really protecting you?
Recent studies have shown that your sunscreen protection really might not be protecting you after all.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that offers the following:
- Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays)
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher
- Water resistance
Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of least 30, which blocks 97% of the sunâ€™s UVB rays. But it is important to understand that no sunscreen can completely block all of the sun and should be applied every 2 hours rain or shine, for best effective results.
Higher SPFs do block a little more of the sunâ€™s UVB rays, but they do not completely block 100% of the sunâ€™s rays.
Recently on the Today show they shared,
â€œThe number on the bottle isnâ€™t always accurate. Of the 58 lotions, sprays and sticks rated by consumer reports this year, 20 of them tested at less than half of the SPF listed on their labelâ€.
â€œOne sunscreen they tested was labeled SPF 30, but the UVB protection it actually provided was between 10 and 19â€.
Beware, the SPF number on the bottle is inherently misleading.
Below is a list of sunscreens that are recommended to protect you the best:
- La Roche-Posay, Anthelios 60 Melt-in Sunscreen Milk, $36
- Equate, Sport Lotion SPF 50, $5
- Pure, Sun Defense Disney Frozen Lotion SPF 50, $6
- Coppertone, WaterBabies Lotion SPF 50, $12
- Equate, Ultra Protection Lotion SPF 50, $8
Donâ€™t worry. If you canâ€™t find these above products at your store, dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 40 and should contain ingredients like â€œavobenzoneâ€ rather than â€œnaturalâ€ ingredients.
Protect yourself and your children this summer from the sun. Get a sunscreen and apply it so that it will really make a difference in your life.
Have more questions on sunscreen protection? Contact MedHealth Urgent Care, (334) 229-9955.