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Protect Yourself From The Sun

May 23, 2014, 6:19 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Protect Yourself From The Sun

With the holiday weekend is almost here, many of you are ready to get outside. Don't forget your sunscreen, but not all products are the same.

With four kids, Kerry Boetel sees many sunny days in her future, but the damage the sun can do on her kids' skin is not so bright.

"We're all very fair, so we can't leave the house without putting sunscreen on," Boetel said.

Boetel also has a family history of skin cancer. That's why she's researched which SPF is best.

"I try to at least do 30 or higher for the kids. I've heard that some of the 50s or 60s are just as good as the 30s," Boetel said.

Dermatologist Jacob Kusmak agrees. You also want to make sure the sunscreen is labeled as broad spectrum.

"Broad spectrum means that it covers both UVA and UVB light," Sanford Dermatologist. Dr. Jacob Kusmak said.

As far as spray, lotion or stick--Dr. Kusmak says it really doesn't matter, but it can be difficult to measure how much spray you use. Kusmak says to make sure you apply it to all exposed areas. As far as lotions...

"In terms of coverage, we say the size of two tablespoons or a medicine cup really should cover most of your body," Kusmak said.

No matter what brand you chose, if you are outside in the sun, you should reapply your sunscreen every two hours.

"Regular use of sunscreen does prevent skin cancers, so we do recommend it. That's one of the things we can do to protect our skin," Kusmak said.

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With the right sunscreen, Boetel sees plenty of days at the park in her future.

"Living where we do it's such a limited time that we try to be outside as much as we can. They all love to swim and be at the park," Boetel said.

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