Spring is approaching, and most Floridians will soon be spending more time outdoors. Do you know the 5 W’s of sunscreen to help protect yourself and family members? Get familiar, your skin will thank you!

Who should wear sunscreen?

Everyone! 1 in 5 Americans will develop a skin cancer in their lifetime.

UV damage caused from sun exposure affects all skin types. Skin cancer does not discriminate between age, race or gender.

What type of sunscreen should I use?

Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UVA and UVB damage (the sun emits both.) You also want to make sure your SPF or Sun Protection Factor is 30 or higher and is water-resistant. Key ingredients to look for in your sunscreen are Zinc Oxide, and Titanium Dioxide. They are minerals that sit on top of the skin and help to disperse and reflect the sun’s UV rays.

Liquid or spray sunscreen are both fine, you just want to make sure if you use the spray type sunscreen that you rub it in so you don’t miss any areas.

When should I apply sunscreen?

Sunscreen should be applied every morning to face, head and neck. If you plan to be outdoors for longer than 15 minutes (that is how long it takes for the skin to start burning) you should apply to all sun-exposed areas.

Reapplication is also very important and should be done every 2 hours while in the sun. If you towel off from being in the water or sweating, sunscreen should be reapplied.

Why should I wear sunscreen?

Sunscreen is one of the only things that can help to protect our skin from UV damage that causes skin cancers besides sun avoidance.

It is also the BEST antiaging product on the market.

How should I apply sunscreen?

Most sunscreens need to be applied 15 minutes before exposure to sun.

Approximately 1oz of sunscreen or the amount it takes to fill a shot glass should be applied to cover body.

Make sure to rub sunscreen into skin and don’t spray sunscreen directly onto your face. Spray a small amount into your hand and apply to face.