CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – Some people tend to underestimate how strong the sun is. Depending on the day and how sunny it is, sometimes it only takes minutes to get burned.
Sunscreen is your best friend in the summer. When you buy sun screen, in addition to the SPF make sure it says Broad Spectrum Cover.
Dr. Yolanda Lenzy, a dermatologist, told 22News no matter what sunscreen you get, you have to re apply it, “I recommend to my patients SPF 30 or higher, studies have been done where the higher the SPF doesn’t necessarily mean more protection, you don’t have to look for a SPF of 100 or 75 the key is to reapply every 2 to 3 hours.”
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Its important to remember even on a cloudy day you can still get burnt, just because you can’t see the sun necessarily at that time doesn’t mean the sun isn’t there.
Sunscreen does not last all day, especially when you sweat or go into the water, it dissolves. Some common mistakes people make is not applying sunscreen when there’s no sun, there’s still a chance of getting burnt.
Dr. Lenzy also recommended doing self exams for skin cancer. Any changes of moles or your skin should be checked out right away. Early detection makes a huge difference.
For extra protection you can buy clothes that have UPF factor of 50 in them, meaning this will help to reflect the sun. And wearing a hat and sunglasses helps too.
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