Dermatologist Offers Sunscreen Safety Tips

Published 06/17 2014 05:59PM

Updated 06/17 2014 06:43PM

EAST PEORIA - The official start of summer may still be days away, but the official sunscreen season has already begun. Dermatologist Carl Soderstrom said being sun smart is the best way to avoid a burn. He recommends reapplying sunscreen often, especially if you or your kids are in and out of the water.

And be sure to use at least a sunscreen with an SPF 15, depending on the type of skin you have. One mom says she uses a higher SPF.

We're not the tannest of people on our own, so we usually put on at least an SPF 30 or 50 because it doesn't take much, especially in this sun, to get a burn," Leah Heuerman said.
But sunscreen is not just for the pool time. It is recommended that everyone put sunscreen on each day.

"If they make it sort of a routine, if you let them know that like brushing your teeth and that sort of thing, the sunscreen when you're outdoors, that's what will be able to do to give people a lifelong protection," Soderstrom said.

He has seen an increase in patients coming in to reverse sun damage, but starting at a young age is the best way to avoid those harmful effects.

“I want to protect my body because I’m still young,” Ashley Boland said. “I want to look good for years to come.”

One last thing: be careful grabbing last year’s sunscreen off the shelf, as well. You want to make sure your bottle has not expired.

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