The mistakes people make with sunscreen

Once you apply the sunscreen, it takes about 15 minutes to soak in.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Summer is just days away and the highlight for most people is to be able to venture outside.

But sometimes people underestimate just how strong the sun is and tend to forget the sun block. A few extra minutes is worth it before heading outdoors.

It is suggested to use nothing lower than a 30 SPF sunblock, if you have something lower, it is almost useless. Once you apply the sunscreen, it takes about 15 minutes to soak in.

It’s recommended to use one ounce of sunblock 30 minutes before headed out, and to reapply it every two hours.

But even if your inside there is still a chance of getting color. Office and car windows will filter out some UV-B rays, but UVA, which go deeper into the skin, will go right through the glass.

22News talked with New England Dermatologist, Stanley F. Glazer, who said, “Ultraviolet passes through window glass, driving a car, it passes through clouds, and it’s present all year round, not just during the summer months.”

If you are someone who has sensitive skin, light clothing is a good idea when outside also. There is clothing out there now that are sunproof.

Sharyon Mangieri, of Springfield, told 22News, “Actually I’ve purchased UPF clothing, which is suppose to be better than sunscreen.”

Some other mistakes people make are assuming that because they have a tan base, they will not be affected by the sun, and choose not to wear sunscreen. While you might not burn so easily, you are still increasing your risk for skin cancer.

And remember those hard to reach spots, such as behind the ears, because over time they become the prime target to the sun.

 

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