Many are spending more time outside with the temperatures on the rise.
After all, summer is the season for fun in the sun.
Everyone should know to use sunscreen before heading out but what is the right sun protection for you?
Federal regulators said they hope to make it a little easier for people to protect themselves from the sun this year with new sunscreen labels.
Dermatologist Dr. Maral Skelsey said one of the biggest changes includes getting rid of the term “water proof.”
“They can only be labeled water resistant and they have to be designated either 80 minutes or 40 minutes,” Dr. Skelsey said. “No sunscreen can say that it lasts all day.”
Other changes include making sure the label specifies if it’s broad spectrum, that means the sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
But Dr. Skelsey said, don’t be fooled by high SPF numbers like 100; after 50 they don’t provide significantly more protection.
Also, be careful with sunscreen sprays.
“The problem with the sprays is that they’re not necessarily applied as well as the creams so some parts of the skin may not be as well covered and also we’re concerned about how much is being breathed in so the inhalation of the aerosol in the spray,” Dr. Skelsey said.
Dr. Skelsey said another issue is that people don’t properly use sunscreen.
It needs to be applied at least 15 minutes before you go outside so that it’s absorbed in the skin.
It’s also needs to be reapplied at least every two hours.
The extra effort will help prevent early skin aging and skin cancer.