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SPF a daily must
If you’re thinking of heading out of the house without wearing sunscreen, think again.
According to Skin Cancer.org, between 40 and 50 percent of people who live to the age of 65 will have either basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma at least once.
One way people can protect themselves from harmful ultraviolet rays is by using an SPF sunscreen, said Kathe Malinowski, lead esthetician and marketing manager for Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center.
And the amount of SPF, or sun protection factor, is important.
“Wear a daily SPF of at least 30,” Malinowski said. “Remember to reapply when you are out in direct sunlight every couple of hours. If swimming, reapply after you dry off. Nothing is waterproof.”
Reapplying is key, Malinowski said.
“It isn't a once and go,” she said. “SPF needs to be reapplied every two hours, especially if you are out in direct sunlight all day. I cannot tell you how many people come in and are complaining about their hyperpigmentation but only put it on in the morning and think it is going to last all day.”
Monthly self-exams of the skin and yearly dermatologist appointments are also recommended.
In honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month, Eterna MedSpa & Laser Vein Center is offering 20 percent off on SPF purchases for the month of May.