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Sunscreen Vs. No Sunscreen

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Summer is coming up, which means more time in the sun! And while being outside is a mood lifter and super fun, our skin can get destroyed by those sun rays. Our skin is the largest organ in our bodies, so we really do need to take care of it. 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, which is why using sunscreen is a must!

 

So here are some tips:

download1.    Use sunscreen that is water resistant! This doesn’t mean it will never come off, it just means it is effective for up to 40 minutes in water. Sunscreen manufacturers can no longer claim their product is “waterproof” or “sweat proof” because those terms aren’t really accurate. You still need to reapply after that set amount of time.

2.    Use sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher. So plenty of you have probably heard the debate on if high SPF sunscreen is really any better. This is what I have learned. SPF 30 sunscreen blocks up to 97% of the sun’s rays. The higher SPF sunscreens may block a little more, but there are NO sunscreens that block 100% of the sun’s rays. The American Academy of Dermatology says, “Currently, there is not any scientific evidence that indicates using a sunscreen with an SPF higher than 50 can protect you better than a sunscreen with an SPF of 50.”

 

I hope you learn some helpful tips, and use this infographic below for more details!

 

Love, Melissa

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