Get the Skinny on Sun and Skin

After all, it’s your skin and it does a lot for you. It helps protect you from bacteria and viruses. It controls your body temperature, and lets you feel sensations. It’s your job to protect it from the sun.

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Who should wear sunscreen?

Everyone over the age of six months should wear sunscreen. Children under six months should not be exposed to the sun. Keep babies under one year of age out of direct sunlight if possible, either in a covered stroller, under an umbrella or in the shade. Protect their skin with hats and loose-fitting clothes.
Did you know... ? Sunscreens are meant to increase your protection when you have to be outside. They are not meant to increase the amount of time you spend in the sun.
What type of sunscreen offers the most protection?
You’ll get the most protection from broad spectrum (or full spectrum) sunscreens as they protect skin from both UVA and UVB rays.

Your skin, your sunscreen

When you are choosing a sunscreen, you may want to try out a few different brands. Why? Because regardless of how well it works, if you don’t like how it feels you’ll be less likely to use it. If you don’t use it, you’re not protected.
Apart from liking a certain brand here are a few other things you should remember when choosing your sunscreen.
  • Always choose a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30
  • Lower SPF sunscreens do not protect your skin as well from skin cancer or early signs of aging
  • A dermatologist may recommend an SPF of 50 or higher for some people at risk for skin cancer
If you’re not sure what one is right for you... Just ask the Pharmacist at Walmart.

For sensitive skin

If you have sensitive skin or suffer from a skin condition, you may want to choose a sunscreen that is hypoallergenic and perfume-free.
Be sure to read the label and avoid sunscreens containing the following ingredients.
  • PABA (para-aminobenzoic acid), a once-common sunscreen ingredient, now rarely used
  • Dioxybenzone or oxybenzone, which may irritate your skin
  • Alcohol
  • Fragrances

Sunscreen for kids

Firstly, children should always wear a broad spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Also, consider using a children’s sunscreen as these use ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide that are less likely to be absorbed or irritate your child’s skin.
When applying sunscreen be sure to cover all areas of exposed skin. Apply sunscreen generously don’t try to “stretch out” a near empty bottle – this will reduce your child’s sun protection.
If it’s a fun in the sun and water day use a water-resistant sunscreen. Water resistant sunscreens can resist water for 40 to 80 minutes. But even they should be reapplied if you’ve dried yourself with a towel.

More sunscreen tips

There’s nothing better than a beautiful summer’s day but make sure it’s not ruined by a nasty sunburn. Here’s how:
  • Apply sunscreen about 15 to 30 minutes before going outside (this makes sure that a good layer of protection can form
  • Don't forget the hands, feet, shoulders, behind the neck and ears, and under bathing suit straps
  • For the lips, apply a lip balm with SPF of at least 30
  • Reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours
  • Reapply again after you’ve been swimming or sweating
Did you know that there is no such thing as a healthy tan? It’s simply a sign that your skin has been damaged!

Important information

The Pharmacist at Walmart is knowledgeable about sun safety and can help you choose appropriate sun-protection products for you and your family this summer. Just ask!

This information should not be used as a substitute for the medical care and advice of your doctor. There may be variations in treatment that your physician may recommend based on individual facts and circumstances. If you have questions about your symptoms, ask the Pharmacist at Walmart for more information, and/or contact your doctor.

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