Scott: Summer is right around the corner, and for many of you that means hitting the beach – or at least hanging out in the sun. So, of course, you have got to remember your sunscreen. And today, Keith Kocinski breaks down how to stay safe in the sun.
Keith: Do you wear sunscreen and how often do you wear it?
Lilli Bethliriano: You know what? It is so bad, I actually don’t. I never put it on.
Mary Leigh Montgomery: Anytime it is remotely sunny out I have to wear sunscreen or I get burned.
Keith: Doctors say you should always wear sunscreen when you are outside, even if you are spending time in the shade. The risk of getting melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer – doubles if you have had five or more sunburns.
Do you think the higher the SPF means the better protection?
Keith: SPF, or Sun Protection Factor, is how many times longer it takes your skin to burn than it would without sunscreen.
Rebecca Supple: I heard that kind of over 45 is kind of like a bit of a joke, and it doesn’t work as well as the ones underneath 45.
Dr. Katz: As long as you have an SPF of 30, you’re fine. You’re protected very well. Anything higher than that is purely marketing.
Keith: In fact, you could go all the way to SPF 100 and only get an extra percentage point or two more protection.
How often do you think you should apply and reapply sunscreen?
Boy: Well, I guess I’d apply sunscreen before I go to the beach, and then after maybe like two hours I’d put it on again.
Girl: If I’m doing more activity, like playing something or in the water and I come out. Then I reapply it.
Keith: What sunscreen works better? Do you think the lotion kind or the spray-on kind?
Mary Leigh: The lotion kind.
Dr. Katz: Spray sunscreens are fine as long as you don’t inhale them. And also, after you apply them, you spread them around so they’re evenly distributed.
Keith: Doctors also say remember to put on sunscreen twenty minutes before going out in the sun and use lots of it – about 1.5 ounces for your entire body. Also make sure to reapply it every couple of hours or sooner if you are sweating or swimming.
Keith Kocinski, Channel One News.
Scott: For more on how to stay safe in the sun this summer, go to ChannelOne.com.