What's the Deal with Sunscreen?

Air Date: 06/03/2015
Source:
Parent Toolkit
Creator:
Natalie Morales
Air/Publish Date:
06/03/2015
Event Date:
06/03/2015
Resource Type:
Mini-Documentary
Copyright:
NBCUniversal Media, LLC.
Copyright Date:
2015
Clip Length:
00:01:12

UVA, UVB, SPF – it can all get confusing. In this video produced by the Parent Toolkit, learn what you need to know for when, what, and how to protect your family from the sun over the summer.

What's the Deal with Sunscreen?

NATALIE MORALES, reporting:

No matter your skin type or tone, the sun can cause damage to skin cells that can lead to potentially deadly cancers. Sunscreens and blocks help, but between UVA, UVB, and SPFs it can be confusing! Here’s what you need to know. The sun has two types of rays - UVA and UVB. BOTH cause skin cell damage, which can lead to skin cancer. What’s the difference? UV-A rays contribute to the signs of aging on skin, like wrinkles and sunspots, while UV-B rays are more likely to burn the skin. UV-A rays have generally the same intensity all day year-round, but UV-B rays are strongest during summer months and mid-day.  SPF, or sun protection factor, is a general guide for how long you can be in the sun before the skin burns. But what matters even more than the SPF rating is how you apply and how often. Any time your child is in the sun for more than 15 minutes, use enough sunscreen or block to fill a shot glass and use on the entire body. Reapply at least every 2 hours, and more often if your child is swimming or sweating. Don’t forget the nose, lips, tops of ears and feet!  And the most effective way to block the sun? Cover up!

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