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Most people think about wearing sunscreen when they’re outside during the summer. However, everyone should wear sunscreen every time they’re outside since the sun emits harmful UV rays all year round – even when it’s cloudy. But when you’re choosing sunscreen, do you know what type to pick?


Why Should You Wear Sunscreen?

Sunscreen protects you from harmful radiation from the sun, reducing your risk of developing skin cancer. Anyone can get skin cancer, regardless of your age, gender or race. In fact, one out of every five Americans will get skin cancer at some point in their lives, according to the Skin Cancer Foundation. Your risk of developing skin cancer is directly related to how much and the intensity of the ultraviolet (UV) light you receive from the sun. But UV exposure can be reduced by choosing sunscreen that’s right for you.


What to Look for When Choosing Sunscreen

Shopping for sunscreen can be very confusing because of all the options available at the store. Here’s some dermatologist advice to help you when choosing sunscreen.

Sunscreen Formulas

Chemical-free sunscreens are made of either oxidized zinc or titanium oxide. These types of sunscreens sit on the surface of your skin, leaving a noticeable white coating. (Think of the lifeguard with the noticeable white patch on his nose.) The good news: zinc and titanium lotions last for up to 8 hours before degrading. But once they degrade they form clumps on your skin, leaving areas of your skin unprotected. Plus these types of lotions are less resistant to water so you have to reapply it frequently if you swim or sweat a lot.

The “chemical” formula sunscreens are made of oxybenzone. Research shows this type of sunscreen is relatively safe. Oxybenzone lotions are less noticeable on the skin. This type of lotion degrades evenly, however, it only lasts about 2 hours, so you have to reapply it more frequently.

The best formula to choose is whatever you will use consistently.

Sun Protection Factor (SPF) and UVA/UVB Protection

The American Academy of Dermatology recommends you wear a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Also, when choosing sunscreen, pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both types of ultraviolet rays (UVA and UVB).


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Water Resistant

If the bottle claims to be waterproof, don’t believe it. Eventually, you will have to reapply sunscreen. If the label says the sunscreen is “water resistant,” it is effective for up to 40 minutes in the water. If it is “very water resistant,” it is good for up to 80 minutes in the water. If you’re sweating or you get out of the water, make sure you reapply sunscreen for effective protection.

Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert

If the sunscreen has a “skin cancer/skin aging alert” listed in the Drug Facts section on the label, it means the sunscreen will only prevent sunburn. The sunscreen will not reduce your risk of early skin aging or getting skin cancer.

Sprays, Lotions or Oils

It doesn’t really matter whether you choose a spray, lotion or oil. Dermatologists recommend applying about 1 ounce of sunscreen to your dry skin. You may need to adjust this amount depending on your body size. Make sure you thoroughly apply it to all exposed skin – including your feet. When using sprays, apply 2 coats to make sure you don’t miss any spots, and don’t inhale the spray. Allow about 15 to 20 minutes before you go outside to enable the sunscreen to penetrate your skin for better protection.

Remember, sunscreen can be an important tool in the fight against skin cancer, including melanoma, the deadliest form of skin cancer. Therefore, choosing sunscreen and using it correctly can help reduce your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging caused by the sun.

Protect Your Feet from Painful Foot Conditions

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Just as choosing sunscreen is an important step in protecting you from the sun’s harmful rays, choosing to purchase and wear custom orthotics, like ezWalker® Custom Fit Orthotics, can help you support and protect your feet from painful foot conditions.

ezWalker® Custom Orthotics are specifically designed to the contours of your feet and how you move. If you suffer from painful foot conditions, like plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, or heel or arch pain, ezWalker® Custom Orthotics can provide your feet with the support they need. You will walk in a more bio-mechanically correct manner – reducing the stress and strain on your feet. With ezWalker® Custom Orthotics, you’ll experience greater comfort and pain relief.

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Disclaimer: The information included in this article is for educational purposes only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.