Sunscreen safety for the upcoming summer

Sunscreen safety for the upcoming summer
Woman lathers on sunscreen (Source: WALB)
Steve Ritter, Dougherty County Resident (Source: WALB)
Steve Ritter, Dougherty County Resident (Source: WALB)
Ritter plays with his granddaughter at Turtle Grove Park in Albany (Source: WALB)
Ritter plays with his granddaughter at Turtle Grove Park in Albany (Source: WALB)
Sunscreen with SPF 15 for daily use is recommended (Source: WALB)
Sunscreen with SPF 15 for daily use is recommended (Source: WALB)
Betsy Diaz, Family Nurse Practitioner, Phoebe (Source: WALB)
Betsy Diaz, Family Nurse Practitioner, Phoebe (Source: WALB)

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The sunny warm days are back!

Sunglasses protect your eyes, but you can't forget to protect your skin.

It's the thing we often forget to do: apply sunscreen.

"I love summer. I love it when it's hot," said Steve Ritter, a Dougherty County resident.

Ritter and his granddaughter are excited about the warm weather and sunshine, but knows he needs to be cautious out in the sun.

"My wife makes me wear some sun tan lotion and stuff when I'm out," said Ritter.

This is something experts say is key to avoiding sunburn.

"SPF it needs to be at least a 15 for daily use. And if it's going to be for extended periods of time outdoors you need to have at least SPF of 30 and maybe even 50," explained Phoebe Family Health Nurse Betsy Diaz.

Diaz said it's crucial for people to apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going outside.

This allows the lotion the proper amount of time to absorb into the skin.

"Folks need to carefully read the bottle. And they need to make certain they are choosing a water resistant and sweat resistant protectant," said Diaz.

And Diaz said it's important to re-apply sunscreen every two hours.

Ritter said his ears and nose are more susceptible.

Having been burned before he knows how dangerous the sun can be and how much the pain can last.

"You have to be careful. You can get burned awful quick," said Ritter.

And if you do get a sunburn you can cool it by putting ice packs on the skin.

You want to wrap a pack first so it doesn't make direct contact with skin and hurt worse.

Or you can use a cooling gel-like aloe vera.

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