Understanding Sun Protection

With the summer months in full swing, and with school being out for the summer, it should come as no surprise that everyone is spending more of their free time battling the heat in the ocean, by the pool or just enjoying the outdoors (between South Florida thunderstorms, that is…). However enjoyable that may be, exposing yourself to direct sunlight day in and day out comes with its own set of risks that must be considered.

We all know there are a few different ways to protect ourselves from the sun, whether it be wearing sunglasses or a hat, sitting under an umbrella at the beach, making sure the little ones are wearing a swim shirt when they’re going to be out in the sun for a while, and perhaps the most popular option – applying sunscreen.

However, when it comes to sunscreen, it is far too often that consumers don’t exactly understand how it works or the major differences between the many different types when selecting them at the store. Sometimes it is so easy to get swept away by the myriad of scientific wording on the back of the bottle that we hope for the best and rely on someone else to know better, even if we don’t.

Since there is a lot more at stake than just a day suffering from sunburn, it is important to brush up on the facts. For example, what does SPF actually mean, what is broad spectrum, how does it actually work, and how do you choose from the masses of options? If you’re still lacking answers to any of these questions, do some research or consider checking out http://www.skincancer.org/prevention/sun-protection/sunscreen to get educated before stocking up and spending your summer poolside. It’s always better safe than sorry!