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Is Your Sunscreen Protecting You?

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Summer is here, and the Valley’s rays are intense. You might think your family is protected from the sun’s harsh rays when you slather on that sunscreen, but they might not be as safe as you think. Consumer Reports found that many sunscreens perform below their advertised sun protection level. Out of 65 products tested, 43% performed below the advertised SPF level. Check out this report from Good Morning America.

We all know that prolonged exposure to sunlight can cause permanent damage, including premature wrinkles, age spots, and leathery looking skin. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the sun causes 90 percent of skin damage and is a major contributor to aging skin. Protecting your skin from the sun’s harsh rays can go a long way in reducing, and possibly reversing, the signs of aging.

Sun damage occurs slowly over time and not just during the summer months. Sunscreen is the number one defender against sun-damaged skin. Even in mild winter months or on overcast days, the sun’s rays do unseen damage, so it’s important to make sunscreen a part of your routine. For daily use, use broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher. For extended outdoor activity, use a water-resistant sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher, and be sure to reapply liberally every two hours or immediately after swimming.

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