Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the U.S. In fact, one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime. However, skin cancer may be prevented by avoiding exposure to harsh UV rays, wearing protective clothing and properly applying sunscreen.
Follow these 6 simple hacks get the most out of your sunscreen and enjoy the outdoors.
- Read the expiration date and be sure to replace sunscreen every 2-3 years. For superior protection, look for ingredients titanium dioxide or zinc oxide.
- Use a lotion sunscreen instead of a spray. With a rub-in lotion, you are better able to assess the coverage and less likely to burn.
- The National Cancer Institute recommends that you apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going outside to provide the best protection from UV rays.
- Keep your sunscreen cool by placing it in the cooler when at the beach or on a picnic. Excessive heat gradually makes sunscreen less effective.
- Remember to reapply sunscreen at least every two hours. Set an alarm on your phone to remind yourself.
- For kids, combine a sun hat with a full swimsuit for head-to-toe protection. This will better protect their sensitive skin without the hassle of sunscreen application.
These are just a few ways to maximize sunscreen. For more tips on sun safety, talk to your doctor or a trusted medical professional.