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Is It Too Early For Sunscreen?

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With temperatures landing in the 80’s this week, it looks like summer is officially up us!

How long should you wait to put on some sun screen? The answer might surprise you.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the time to put on sunscreen is pretty much all the time. The stunning statistic that one in five Americans will develop skin cancer at some point in their lifetime tells you that sunscreen is a necessity. Especially when we’ll be out baking in the summer sun soon enough.

What kind of sunscreen should you spring for? The AAD recommends a sunscreen that:

  • Protects against UVA and UVB rays
  • Has an SPF of 30 or more
  • Is water resistant

Isn’t sunscreen just for when it’s hot out though? Nope. The AAD elaborates:

Every day if you will be outside. The sun emits harmful UV rays year-round. Even on cloudy days, up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin.

So, there you go. Put on sunscreen yesterday. Also, if you’ve got tattoos, you’re going to want an even strong SPF rating, and be sure to smother that art as often as possible. New tattoos are notorious for getting damaged in the sun.

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