Sunscreen helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging and skin cancer. Everyone should use sunscreen because anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender or race.
The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) says you should read the label on sunscreen products and use only those that offer:
Follow these helpful tips related to sunscreen:
The kind of sunscreen you use is a matter of personal choice and may vary depending on the area of the body to be protected. Available sunscreen options include lotions, creams, gels, ointments, wax sticks and sprays.
Sprays are sometimes preferred since they are easy to apply. However, their coverage and ability to stay on your skin isn’t as effective as well as creams, lotions or gels. Make sure to use enough of these products to thoroughly cover all exposed skin. Do not inhale these products or apply near heat, open flame or while smoking. According to the AAD, current FDA regulations on testing and standardization do not pertain to spray sunscreens. The agency continues to evaluate these products to ensure safety and effectiveness.
There also are sunscreens made for specific purposes, such as for sensitive skin and babies.
While sunscreen is important, it alone cannot fully protect you. Dermatologists recommend taking the following steps to protect your skin:
Early detection is key. Conduct regular skin checks and notice any new or changing, itching or bleeding on your skin. If you notice any new or changing skin lesions, it is best to get these checked by a dermatologist as soon as possible.