GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - It may not feel like it now, but summer is really right around the corner. When we can finally get outside, it's important to protect yourself from the sun.
But you don't have to shell out tons of money on sunscreen; some of those that offer the best protection are actually among the least expensive.
Dermatologist Dr. Brian Zelickson visited KARE 11 Sunrise to share some facts and sun safety tips.
Dr. Zelickson says even with a long winter and cloudy days, sun protection is still important year-round. Although Minnesota is one of the coldest states in the nation, the rate of new melanoma diagnoses is rising faster than any other type of cancer in the state; between 2005 and 2009, melanoma cancer rates rose 35 percent for men and 38 percent for women.
Zelickson suggests people incorporate sunscreen into their summer skincare routine. He recommends a broad spectrum sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays, with a sun protection factor (SPF) from 30 to 50, and water-resistant. Most sunscreens should be applied 15-20 minutes before going into the water, while ensuring good coverage over the exposed skin.
Dr. Zelickson says effective sunscreens can be affordable, too; Consumer Reports recently recommended store brands from Target ("Up and Up Sport SPF 50") and Walmart ("Equate Ultra Protection SPF 50").
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