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The Importance of Sunscreen…

Who needs sunscreen?
Everyone. Sunscreen use can help prevent skin cancer by protecting you from the
sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of age, gender
or race. In fact, it is estimated that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in
their lifetime.

What sunscreen should I use?
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use sunscreen that
offers the following:
• Broad-spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays)
• SPF 30 or higher
• Water resistance

When should I use sunscreen?
Every day you go outside. The sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. Even on cloudy
days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.
Snow, sand and water increase the need for sunscreen because they reflect the sun’s

How much sunscreen should I use, and how often should I apply it?
• Most people only apply 25-50 percent of the recommended amount of
• Apply enough sunscreen to cover all exposed skin. Most adults need about 1
ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body.
• Don’t forget to apply to the tops of your feet, your neck, your ears and the top of
your head.
• Apply sunscreen to dry skin 15 minutes before going outdoors.
• Skin cancer also can form on the lips. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm or
lipstick that contains sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher.
• When outdoors, reapply sunscreen approximately every two hours, or after
swimming or sweating, according to the directions on the bottle.

We at Burns Family Dentistry wish you and yours a fun and safe summer!!