Sunscreen is a summer bag staple, but do you know what’s in your sunscreen and how to properly use it? According to the FDA, all sunscreens protect against sunburns, but only those that are broad spectrum have been shown to also reduce the risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun when used as directed with other sun protection measures. It is also important to note that people of all skin colors are potentially at risk for sun burns and other harmful effects from the sun’s rays.
Here are some tips that will help you pick out the best sunscreen for optimum sun protection from the FDA and Everyday Health:
Along with using sunblock, it is also important to wear wide brimmed hats and choose sunglasses with a UV400 rating or “100% UV protection” on the label. Be sure to spend some time in the shade on a hot day and wear clothing to protect your skin when applicable.