Sunscreen has become a staple for any beach goer.
Despite this the rate of American adults diagnosed with melanoma has tripled since the 1970s.
Companies like Coppertone, Banana Boat, and Neutrogena all have tons of different kinds of sunscreens, but which one works the best? These come with different SPF numbers, different types of coverage and some even come in different forms. This can get a little confusing.
It's pretty well understood that you need to protect your skin from harmful sun rays. Regardless, many go without any protection.... Dr. Kathy Phan has sunscreen as a priority.
"If you're going to be outside, you should do some sort of broad spectrum sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or above. Day to day should be some sort of SPF 15. So that's like going to the office, driving to work"
It’s important to lather up whenever you can, but let’s focus on the when the sun is strongest, usually between the hours of 10 and 4. People often get burned even when they apply the sunscreen.
"People get burned because they're not putting on enough, and so for an adult person you should be putting on: if you imagine a shot glass, that shot glass should be full of sun tan or sunscreen, and that should go on the whole body," comments Dr. Phan.
Sunscreen is important for adults and really important for kids. As long as they are older than 6 months, they're good to go.
"I have a little seven and a half month old, so it’s my first summer and me as a Mom and I kind of battle this sun thing, something I never thought of before," says Anna Brooks, operations manager at ACAC pool center.
A popular option now is the spray sunscreen. This can be effective, but just make sure to reach every square inch. Brooks says how common they are at the pool:
"They make life so much easier, we see that a lot out here, we have some families with three or more kids who just kind of line them up and turn it into an assembly line"
The best recommendation from doctors is to remember always to reapply after a swim, regardless of the type of sunscreen.