KEEP RAYS AT BAY
When choosing the right sun protection, you need to consider a number of factors. How long will you be out in the sun? What time of the day will you be out and what activity will you be doing? And, most importantly, what kind of sunscreen is available? Use these common questions and answers below before you head outdoors.
What is SPF?
- SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This is a multiplier that tells you how much longer you can remain in the sun without a burn when wearing a sunscreen. For instance, if you can usually tolerate the sun for 10 minutes without a burn, an SPF 15 will provide you with 15 times that, or 150 minutes of protection without burning. Regardless of the SPF level you use, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating to help keep your skin protected.
How do I know what SPF I need?
- You need to consider a number of factors. How long will you be out in the sun? What is the UV Index for the day? What time of the day will you be out and what activity will you be doing? And, most importantly, what is your skin type? Use the Sunscreen SPF Guide/SPF Finder Tool to find out what products are right for you. Regardless of the SPF level you use, you should reapply sunscreen every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating to help keep your skin protected.
Is the SPF in my daily lotion enough?
- A daily moisturizer with SPF and broad spectrum is okay for the first two hours after you apply it. But if you put it on at 8 a.m. and are heading out to lunch at noon, be sure to apply more sunscreen if you plan to sit outside — since you’ll be past the FDA-recommended 2-hour application period.
Who should use sunscreen?
- Anyone over the age of 6 months should use a sunscreen daily. Even those who work inside are exposed to ultraviolet radiation for brief periods throughout the day, especially if they work near windows, which generally filter out UVB but not UVA rays. For babies under 6 months, consult your doctor before using.
How much sunscreen should I use?
- Apply a golf-ball sized portion (about an ounce or 2 tablespoons) of sunscreen lotion to your entire body at least 15 minutes before going out in the sun. For sunscreen sprays, spray liberally and spread evenly on the body by hand at least 15 minutes before engaging in outdoor activities. For your face, spray the sunscreen in your hand and then apply to the face. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or sweating or towel drying.
FIGHT THE BITE
While there are a variety of OFF!® personal repellants that give you effective protection against mosquitoes, there are other measures you can take to help protect you and your family.
Choosing the right personal repellent
- Use a registered personal repellent with one of the following active ingredients: DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus or Para-Menthane-Diol.
Avoid standing water
- Mosquitoes breed in standing water, so removing it from your property reduces your risk of being bit by a mosquito. Areas like rain gutters, old buckets or tires with stagnant water are all possible breeding sites.
Dress for success
- When weather permits, wear long sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors. Also consider wearing loose, light-colored clothing as mosquitoes are more attracted to darker colors.
How to apply
- To use skin-applied personal repellent on the face, apply it to your hands first, and then distribute it over the face and neck. After applying it, wash your hands thoroughly with water and soap. Do not allow children to handle repellents. Spray on your own hands first before putting it on a child. Always consult the product label before applying.
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