By Ross Coakley


How should sunscreen be applied....

*Apply to dry, clean skin.

*Apply generously - for an adult, apply about a teaspoonful to each arm and leg, and a teaspoonful to the face, neck and ears

*Apply twenty minutes before exposure.

*Re - apply at least two hourly.

*Re - apply more often if sweating or toweling dry.

*Use with other forms of sun protection.

SPF - stands for sun protection factor (refers to the amount of protection a sunscreen offers). SPF 30 + provides the best protection.

Broad spectrum - protects the skin from both UVA and UVB radiation. All sunscreens with an SPF number will filter out the UVB part of ultraviolet (UV) radiation.

Water resistant - does not immediately dissolve in water but is not like a waterproof watch, i.e.the sunscreen does come off.


Sunscreen should not be used to increase the time you spend in the sun - it does not completely block UV radiation and should be used as the last form of protection