What you can do now to save your skin from sun damage. . .
- Posted on: Aug 7 2019
School is out and your bags are packed for the beach, lake, or mountains. Your itinerary is set and the weather looks perfect. The only thing that can get in your way of much needed R&R is actually YOU! The number one way to sabotage your summer vacation is getting a sunburn. We never ever want you sunburned because UV damage causes skin cancer, and it also hurts! Some burns are so severe they cause swelling, fevers, chills, and blistering. Burns are a huge vacation bummer and health risk that will make you wish you had bought trip insurance. To save your skin and your vacation, follow these easy steps:
- Check the expiration date on your sunscreen. The stuff doesn’t last forever! Examine the crimped edge of the tube or bottom of the can for the always present and almost always invisible expiration date.
- Reapply after you sweat or get wet (nothing is water proof or sweat proof, and certainly not towel proof!) The new labeling specifies “water resistant up to 40 minutes or 80 minutes,” but that was established by testing SPF before and after immersion in water and not after toweling dry.
- Get sporty in a UPF shirt so you don’t have to bribe your 12 year old to put sunscreen on your back. Put one on him too so you don’t have to goop up his entire torso every 2 hours, just the uncovered areas.
- Choose a sunscreen that is at least SPF 30 and “broad spectrum” and apply a shot glass full of it for complete coverage. Anxious about new reports of sunscreen ingredients found in the bloodstream? Choose one of the physical block “mineral based” sunscreens with zinc and titanium for stress-free sun protection.
To ensure your best vacay yet, NDDA offers a range of sunscreens including Elta MD, Skinceuticals, Revision and Blue Lizard.
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