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Sunscreen tips as summer approaches

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(WKOW) -- As summer approaches, it will be increasingly important to wear sunscreen and wear it properly.

Here are some tips to keep you safe:

  • Look for something that protects against both UVA and UVB rays, as both are linked to melanoma and other skin cancers.
  • The higher the SPF or sun protection factor, the greater the protection. The CDC recommends choosing a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15.
  • Apply sunscreen liberally at least 20 minutes before you go out in the sun.
  • Be sure to cover all exposed skin, including your ears and scalp.
  • If you're using aerosol or spray sunscreen, pay extra attention when you put it on. A 2015 study found that people who used sunscreen sprays tended to apply less than those using creams.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours, more often if you're sweating or in the water.
  • If you end up with a sunburn, stay out of the sun until it's healed.
  • If the burn covers more than 15% of your body, you should see a doctor.
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