"This is why it's so important to choose a sunscreen carefully", Trisha Calvo, Consumer Reports Health Editor, said.
The survey found that among those who use sunscreen, nearly one in five (18%) are knowingly using expired sun cream while a further 33% are potentially unwittingly using it by never checking the expiry date. When applying sunscreen, many people make mistakes that could compromise their protection from the sun's harmful ultraviolet rays, which may increase their risk of skin cancer. The researchers observed 2,187 sunscreen users and found just 33 percent of them applied it to all sun-exposed areas of their skin. Additionally, utilization of the free sunscreen dispensers decreased significantly on cloudy days.
The sun can feel good during the summer months, but it's no friend to the skin if exposed for too long.
Amazon's Professional Skin Care Section now sells "skin care products typically sold by dermatologists" from cleansers to toners, and it also features an "Expert Advice" section, in which dermatologists and other expert groups, such as the American Academy of Dermatology, lend their voices in the form of articles, infographics, and videos.
"Everyone should apply sunscreen every time they go outside", Dr. Polcari adds. Wrap-around sunglasses offer the most protection.
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"When you consider the prevalence of this disease and how many people will see our messages, we know that lives will be saved", said Deborah S. Sarnoff, MD, president of the Skin Cancer Foundation, in a press release. "To get the best possible sun protection, it's important to wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and trousers, and to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, not just your face and arms".
The AAD specifies that sunscreen meet three basic criteria: protects against UVA and UVB rays, has an SPF above 30, and is water-resistant.
UVB is the main cause of sunburn and UVA has been linked to premature ageing of the skin.
- Sunscreen must be reapplied immediately after swimming or sweating. "We're offering sunscreen samples to the participants and we're going to be talking about tips to avoid skin cancer, what to look for as far as warning signs'". The organization represents cosmetic and personal care product companies.