July is National UV Safety Month. More than 2 million people are diagnosed annually in the U.S. with non-melanoma skin cancers. Here are ways to protect your skin – and your wallet, too.
• Generic sunscreen is usually just as good as the name brand. Look for titanium dioxide or zinc oxide in the ingredients. (The expensive brands tend to offer sleeker packaging and better scents.)
• All family members over age 1 who do not have sensitive skin can use the same sunscreen.
• Protect your sunscreen. Letting your sunscreen overheat in your car will compromise its effectiveness. Generally most sunscreens will last three years.
• Sunscreens in a spray bottle are easy to apply, but avoid using them when it’s windy.
• When buying sunscreen, look at the unit price to find the best bargain.
• Wear sun-protective clothing, often available in bathing suits and shirts, and wear a hat.
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