Health Minute: sunscreen 101

MGN Online
Saturday, March 29, 2014 - 10:00am

Hello warm weather, it's been a long time.

Even in the milder temperatures, dermatologists will tell you, you should always protection yourself from the sun's rays.

Studies have shown that applying the correct sunscreen can protect you from developing skin cancer and can even keep you looking younger.

The question is, which ones do the best job?

According to the Food and Drug Administration, every ingredient in sunscreens must be approved and are therefore safe.

So look for the following: Oxybenzone, it effectively protects your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Also look for Retinyl Palmitate an ingredient in sunscreen that protects against premature aging, by keeping skin moist.

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends a SPF of 30 or greater.

Look for broad-spectrum protection; it may say UVA and UVB protection.

And always get a sunscreen that is water resistance.

Now go out and enjoy the weather.


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