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What does SPF stand for?

You know, that three letter acronym on the labels of sunscreen.

Go ahead, google it...I'll wait here. Don't wanna look? Okay, SPF stands for sun protection factor.

Why am I asking this random question? Well, its summertime and that means sunburn season. In an effort to protect your skin and do my civic duty, I'm here to help. Here are a few tips to help you and your skin from the big bright star in the sky.

  • The intensity of radiation is greatest from 10 am to 4 pm.

  • Other factors that can affect the severity of sunburns are skin type, amount applied, and reapplication frequency.

  • SPF 15 filters 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 - 97%, SPF 50 - 98%

  • SPF refers only the sunscreens ability to block UVB rays (UVA rays do not cause sunburns)

  • Sunscreen should be reapplied after 40 to 80 minutes of swimming or sweating.

  • Creams are good for dry skin and face, gels work well for hairy areas.

  • A shot glass worth of sunscreen is needed to cover the body, most people only apply 25-50% of this.

  • Sunscreen should be applied 15 minutes prior to exposure. Ideally every 2 hours.

So to wrap up this short lecture, pick a sunscreen of at least SPF 30, broad spectrum, and water resistant.

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