While fall is almost here, you should continue applying sunscreen to exposed skin before heading outdoors. Sun protection is important year round. Even when the sun’s rays feel less intense, they can harm unprotected skin. Many skin cancers develop on areas like the head, neck, and hands, which tend to get the most sun exposure.
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To help you get the protection you expect from sunscreen, there’s a new article that can help you decode sunscreen labels. You’ll find easy-to-understand definitions for required terms like SPF. You’ll also find out what terms like “baby” and “sensitive skin” may say about the sunscreen’s ingredients.
How to decode sunscreen lingo
What dermatologists tell their patients
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen that offers the following:
- Broad spectrum protection
- Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or higher
- Water resistance
A sunscreen that offers the above helps to protect your skin from sunburn, early skin aging, and skin cancer. Seeking shade and wearing sun-protective clothing are also important.