More than one million new cases of skin cancer will be diagnosed this year and according to the American Cancer Society many of those cases could have been prevented by using protection from the sun.
Lincoln and Jacob Loftus might not think twice about playing in the sun, but their mother sure does. "We always put sunscreen on and we always use an spf 30 or higher," say the boys mother, Alissa Loftus.
Brenda Burton also feels the same way about her four children. Burton says, "They are not worried about getting a tan so 50 is good."
According to the American Cancer Society prolonged exposure to the sun could lead to skin cancer, among other things.
Katie Mull a medical esthetician with Le Med Spa says you should protect yourself from the sun at all times. "You want to wear a 30 everyday," says Mull.
But keep in mind not all sunscreen are created equal. So before you slather on the spf, there are a couple things you want to look for. "Its gotta have zinc oxide or titanium dioxide," says, Mull. Mull says the best time to put sunscreen on is 20 to 30 minutes before going outside and to re–apply often. Something Loftus is all too familiar with. "Usually ever couple of hours," says, Loftus.
While most sunscreens work the same on adults as they do for children keep in mind many products contain chemicals. Loftus says, "We usually use water proof and I usually try to find something gentle for the kids skin." And while the pool is the obvious place to wear sunscreen other places are not.
Mull says one place you may not think about sun exposure is while driving. "Also in your car people don't realize that the windows just magnify the sun," says, Mull.
And don't try hiding behind your Maybelline. Mull says, "I hear a lot that, oh, my make up has sunscreen or my moisturizer has sunscreen that again is just not enough."
But as long as you're careful a little sun can be a good thing. Burton says, "Sometimes I actually am trying to get the tan."
Because it wouldn't be summer without it.