(NEW YORK) -- The American Academy of Dermatology says that, although people may know it's important to wear sunscreen when outdoors this summer, it's essential to know how to pick the correct sunscreen and how to apply it, Health Day reports.
Dermatologist Dr. Henry Lim said in an AAD news release that consumers may be overwhelmed by the large number of sunscreen products available, and as a result, may avoid using it altogether. This leads to sunburn and overexposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation, he said.
The AAD suggests reading the label on sunscreen products and using only products that offer the following:
- Broad-spectrum coverage (the label may say "broad spectrum," "protects against UVA/UVB," or "UVA/UVB protection.")
- An SPF of 30 or above
- Water resistant
The AAD also recommends re-applying every two hours when outdoors, finding shade when your shadow appears shorter than you are and wearing protecting clothing like long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Lim said it's best to apply sunscreen 15 minutes prior to going outside, and to re-apply every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. He also said the AAD recommends one ounce of sunscreen for the entire body, or enough to fill a shot glass, to be adequately protected.
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