• By Dana Sparks

#SunscreenProtectionDay: Understand Sunscreen Options

May 27, 2015

little girl on beach in the sun with adult putting sunscreen on her nose

Confused about the best sunscreen to use? Wondering whether sunscreen can be harmful? Lawrence Gibson, M.D., a dermatologist at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn., offers his guidance. What's the best way to sort through information about sunscreens? Start by remembering the bigger picture when it comes to sun safety and what you can do to protect yourself. For example:

  • Avoid the sun during peak hours. Generally, this is between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. — regardless of season. These are prime hours for exposure to skin-damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun, even on overcast days.
  • Wear protective clothing. This includes pants, shirts with long sleeves and sunglasses. Top it off with a wide-brimmed hat. Also, consider investing in sun-protective clothing or using an umbrella for shade.
  • Use sunscreen. Apply sunscreen generously and reapply regularly.

Read more on mayoclinic.org

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