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97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Sunscreen 101

97.5 Y Country Medical Minute – Sunscreen 101

The weather is warming up and it’s time to get outdoors and enjoy the fresh air, just don’t forget to protect your skin!  This week’s Y-Country Medical Minute quickly discusses the importance of using sunscreen.

Why should I wear sunscreen?

  • Sunscreen use can help prevent skin cancer by protecting you from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays.
  • UVA and UVB rays are harmful to your skin and can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots.
  • Prevent painful sunburns

When should I wear sunscreen? 

  • Anytime you are going to be outdoors with exposed skin.
  • Not just when it’s sunny.   Snow, sand, and water reflect the sun’s rays and increase the need for sunscreen.

What kind of sunscreen should I use?

  • According to the American Academy of Dermatology
    • Broad-spectrum protection as it protects against both UVA and UVB rays
    • SPF 30 or higher
    • Water Resistant
  • Personal preference
    • Sunscreens come in cream, lotions, gels, and sprays.
    • Sunscreens for sensitive skin and babies
    • A spray is hard to determine if enough was applied.  Do not inhale sunscreen spray.
  • Don’t forget to put on chapstick that contains sunscreen!

How much should I apply?

  • Enough to generously coat skin that will not be covered by clothing.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going outdoors.
  • Follow directions on the bottle for reapplication.  Most sunscreens recommend every 2 hours or so.

Y-Country Medical Minute
Tune in to the Y-Country Medical Minute brought to you by Cassopolis Family Clinic Network every Monday morning at 8:40 on 97.5 Y Country, during the Matt Malone Morning Show.