1. Should I start protecting my skin now when I have accumulated years of sun damage?
YES! Sun damage adds up over a life time. You can reduce your risk of skin cancer through daily sun protection. Using daily sunscreen lowers your risk of skin cancer! Daily sun protection also reduces skin aging that is caused by the sun’s ultraviolet radiation.
2. What sunscreen should I use?
We recommend using a broad-spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreen with a SPF of 30 0r higher everyday. Remember to put sunscreen on at least 30 minutes before going outdoors! Use a water-resistant formula when you are swimming or exercising outdoors. Seek shade especially when the sun is hottest from 10am-4pm. There are a lot of great sunscreen SPF30 clothing especially for kids!
3. Should I use sunscreen if I am only outside for a few minutes? What about VitaminD?
You should use sunscreen every day. Skin damage can start after just a few minutes outside.Studies have never shown that everyday sunscreen use leads to vitamin D insufficiency.
4. Will a light tan protect me from UV rays?
No! There is no such thing as a healthy tan! Tanning is a result of DNA damage to the skin. In many states tanning beds are now illegal due to the proven increased risk of deadly skin cancers like melanoma. By the way, self tanner does not protect your skin from the sun!