A potential heat wave is coming. These sunscreen tips can save your skin

"Reach for the mineral based sunscreens that have zinc and titanium, chemical-free, especially if you have sensitive skin. SPF 30, broad spectrum UVA for aging rays, UVB burning rays " says Denise Gallo, APRN.

Gillian Neff and Rose Shannon

Jun 16, 2024, 3:48 PM

Updated 26 days ago

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Health care professionals say there are several steps people can take to prevent ultraviolet light exposure that could cause skin damage and/or skin cancer.
"Reach for the mineral based sunscreens that have zinc and titanium, chemical-free, especially if you have sensitive skin. SPF 30, broad spectrum UVA for aging rays, UVB burning rays " says Denise Gallo, APRN.
Gallo tells News 12 she is on a mission to get people to take care of their skin now and not wait until they are potentially dealing with potentially cancerous lesions.
With the official start of summer this week and expected high temperatures, Gallo says people need to be prepared, especially if they are planning to be outdoors.
"If you're going to be on a golf course for a number of hours, you really need to wear a hat, sunglasses, protective clothing with UPF factor in it and apply sunscreen to areas not protected by clothing - lips, your ears, your neck your hands," she says.
Sunscreen tips:
  • Apply sunscreen before heading out.
  • Don't use expired products
  • Don't leave sunscreen in your hot car, especially chemical sunscreen. It degrades in the heat.
Gallo recommends people apply water-resistant sunscreens, even if they are not going to swim, as they last longer on the skin.


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