Staying safe under the scorching sun with smart sunscreen habits

Posted at 4:37 AM, Jun 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-21 10:11:21-04

It takes less than 30 minutes under the Arizona sun to damage your skin, according to Dr. Pablo Prichard with John C. Lincoln Hospital. Over time, improper – or lack of -- sunscreen use can lead to severe skin conditions.

“Unfortunately, I get 30-year-old girls – and 30-year-old guys – who look like they have the skin of 40- or 50-year-olds,” he said. 

To stay safe, Prichard recommends you do the following:

  • Avoid using spray sunscreen
  • Look for UVA and UVB “broad spectrum” protection on the label
  • Make sure your sunscreen is at least SPF 30
  • Apply 30 minutes BEFORE you go outside. Most sunscreen lotions take that long to take effect
  • Apply a “shot glass full” every two hours