Sunscreen Safety

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We broke out of Spring and went straight into summer last week, now we’re back to cooler and spring like weather again. Does that mean you were more likely to get burned this past weekend versus a day like today?

Two guys said that it did feel like they got burned quicker this weekend, but two girls said otherwise!

The ladies are right…while food gets burned with hotter temperatures, your skin can not. Temperature and sunburn have nothing to do with each other…it’s all about the sun, and this time of the year, the suns angle is very strong!

Let’s look at today, beautiful, sunny…not too hot. Believe it or not, our suns angle is just as strong this afternoon as it is on July 29th. That’s the middle of the summer. Now let’s look at how long it takes to get burned on this date. Today the UV index is a 7. That means the average person will have skin redness in just 14 minutes, and can get burned in only 24!

The best thing you can do is wear sunscreen. But there are three things you need to do before you walk out the door. We see people out at the beach applying sunscreen, but it takes time to work into your skin, so number one is to apply it inside before you head out the door.

Number two…check the label!

Would you go into the fridge and eat food that’s past it’s deadline? The same goes for sunscreen. If it’s past the deadline, it won’t work as well!

And number three is the application. Dermatologists say to always use broad spectrum sunscreen, you’ll see it labeled right on the bottle. This label is even more important than the SPF number. Also reapply every two hours, and make sure it’s waterproof! I’m Meteorologist Sam Kantrow, NEWS8.

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