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Outdoor time means sunscreen time

During the middle of summer, people still need to be diligent with their sunscreen.
During the middle of summer, people still need to be diligent with their sunscreen.Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Like food, clothing and shelter, taking care of one’s health should also be a priority. Part of that is skin care and making sure skin is protected before going out into the sun for any reason.

“During the middle of summer, people may start to become lax in regard to the sunscreen at the beach, lake or poolside,” said a spokesperson from Skin Care Heaven, an e-commerce store and skin care research center. “They may not be as diligent as they once were during the beginning of summer. And this should not happen.”

As we all know too well, the sun damages skin, ages us prematurely and causes skin cancer.

“Although we all may think that our skin is hearty, it really isn’t because it deals with outdoor influences including UV rays, pollution and stress which is also hard on the skin,” she said.

The recommended professional advice is to purchase a “broad spectrum” sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.

Let’s demystify the terms associated with sunscreen.

“Broad spectrum simply means the product should protect a person from both UVB and UVA rays. The initials SPF translate to ‘skin protection factor,’” the spokesperson said. “And if reading the ingredients on the back of a sun screen container leaves a person with more questions than answers, he or she should be sure that the two important ingredients on the list are titanium and zinc oxide.”

Also to take in consideration is the skin type of the person who will be using it and how long he or she is planning to spend in the sun.

Likewise, a person should apply the equivalent amount of about two shot glasses full for one application. It should be reapplied every few hours and even more frequently if a person is active, exercising or swimming.

If a person cannot resist lounging by a pool or at the beach, practice these words: “Pass the sunscreen, please.”