It's easy to reach for the spray sunscreen to get lotion on your kids but that might not be the right choice. A Rockford dermatologist breaks down the ABC's of SPF to make sure you are choosing the right product.
The hot weather has lots of people hitting the pools to cool down. But that also means extra time in the sun.
"Sunscreen all the time, face the whole shebang."
"Sunscreen on and we have swim shirts on too."
That's exactly what doctors recommend. But when it comes to choosing a sunscreen forget anything below a SPF 30, you aren't getting enough protection.
"You want to look for a broad spectrum sunscreen so you know you are blocking out both A and B rays of the sun which are both damaging to the skin," says Dr. Paul Revis.
Dermatologists recommend instead of the spray sunscreen you use the lotion, you'll be less likely to burn.
"Lotions and creams that are available actually provide better coverage than the spray. It's been shown that people who use spray don't get adequate coverage most of the time," says Dr. Revis.
The FDA is also concerned people can inhale the spray and damage their lungs. The agency hasn't put out an official recommendation. Dr. Revis says no matter what type of sunscreen you use the sun's rays will eventually get through.
"If you go out and lay out at a pool for 2 or 3 hours you are doing significant damage to your skin whether you have a sun block on or not. Probably protective clothing hats, clothing and sunglasses does more than any sun block does," says Dr. Revis.
Dermatologists say a big problem is people use sunscreen but not enough. For the body you should at least apply a shot glass size amount and for the face a half tablespoon. And re-apply every two hours, more if you are in the water.
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