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CICELY MITCHELL, CBS Houston
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HOUSTON (CBS Houston) Tis’ the season for some sunscreen! Whether you are catching some rays, doing yard work, or simply having outdoor time with friends, you need screen from the sun.

Regardless of your ethnicity, nationality or skin color, your skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Check out this information about sunscreen that ensure you are “lotion-ing” up with the best protection for your skin.

1. Sure, feel free to slather on your sunscreen but make sure that you allow it ample time to absorb into your skin. Don’t just “smack” it on parts of your body. Allow that sunscreen to absorb into your skin and generally I like to give it a few minutes to do so. Then if it looks as if those sun rays are relentless, I will apply more for that extra protection.

2. Many experts say that waterproof sunscreen is sunscreen that needs to be reapplied. You don’t want your sunscreen to wash off so look for brands that have staying power when it comes to water and check to see if they need to be reapplied after you take that dip in the pool. Some experts say that there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen. I generally choose to reapply my sunscreen every 30 minutes. Check with your health care professional for great brands and SPFs that are needed as you enjoy water and pool time.

3. According to the dallasnews.com website, when it comes to ample protection, a “shot’s glass” size proves to be ample for many. I use many “shot glasses” of sunscreen when I am out at the beach, the pool, or I am sweating profusely! LOL

4. According to ewg.org, “…sunscreen does not protect skin from all types of sun damage.” “he sun’s ultraviolet radiation generates free radicals that damage DNA and skin cells, accelerate skin aging and may cause skin cancer. American sunscreens can reduce these damages, but not as effectively as they prevent sunburn. Consumers can run into problems if they pick a sunscreen with poor UVA protection, apply too little or reapply it infrequently. The FDA should strengthen its regulations to ensure that sunscreens offer better protection from skin damage,” as stated on the website.

5. When it comes to choosing a sunscreen, the bostonmagazine.com recommends choosing one that has a broad spectrum of protection: “That means that it covers both UVA and UVB and offers protection from both. Most of the labels should say UVA and UVB broad spectrum protection. Now, the FDA is also regulating that. That’s new as of this year, the end of last year, that if it says broad spectrum, they have to prove that it really is broad spectrum,” as stated by a health care professional on the site.

6. Don’t forget your entire body! I am guilty of only applying sunscreen to my face. I neglect to apply it all over my body. Recently, I noticed these spots on my arm . They are lighter than the rest of my body and I cannot help but to wonder if it is attributed to not applying sunscreen to them. So make sure you are not like me and you take the time to apply sunscreen to your entire body!

Do you have additional tips that you use to apply sunscreen? Share them as you enjoy related video below!

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