The National Institute of Health and Care Excellence (NICE) recently released updated guidelines for sun exposure and Sunscreen application.
It’s no secret that increased exposure to sunlight can increase your chances of getting skin cancer, but did you also know that, even if you are good about applying sunscreen, you are probably not applying enough.
The report from NICE says that sunscreen should be, “reapplied liberally, frequently and according to the manufacturer’s instructions.” Also, even if a sunscreen claims to be water-proof or water-resistant, you should continue to reapply when coming out of the water or sweating.
Furthermore, you are probably not using enough sunscreen in a single application. Buzzfeed reports, “The average amount needed to cover an adult and achieve the SPF on the bottle is ’35 ml or 6 to 8 teaspoons of lotion’.”
The report from NICE says, “If someone plans to be out in the sun long enough to risk burning, sunscreen needs to be applied twice to exposed areas of skin: half an hour before, and again around the time they go out in the sun. This includes the face, neck and ears (and head if someone has thinning or no hair), but a wide-brimmed hat is better.”
Also, a “base-tan” does not protect you from further damage from sun exposure.
Might be time to re-think your summer sunscreen approach, for the safety of you and your family!
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