It's hot and sunny, and you're probably outside more as summer approaches. If you're smart, you'll be using sunscreen to help prevent sunburns, which increase your risk of getting skin cancer. Here are a few things to remember:
- While sunscreen can give you some protection against the sun's ultraviolet radiation, it can't totally protect you.
- Experts recommend products with a sun protection factor, or SPF, of at least 15. The SPF number represents the level of protection against UVB rays, the type of rays responsible for damage to DNA and thought to cause most skin cancers. The number does not indicate the level of protection against UVA rays, which cause long-term skin damage.
- When using an SPF 15 sunscreen correctly, you get the equivalent of one minute of UVB rays for each 15 minutes you spend in the sun. So, two hours in the sun wearing SPF 15 sunscreen is the same as spending eight minutes totally unprotected.
- Check the expiration date of your sunscreen. Most expire within two to three years.
- Apply sunscreen properly. Always follow the label directions, and try to apply to dry skin 20 to 30 minutes before going outside. Pay close attention to your face, ears, hands and arms.
- Apply it liberally. About an ounce of sunscreen, roughly a palmful, should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck and face of the average adult. Most should be reapplied every two hours, and even more if you are sweating or swimming. "Waterproof" sunscreens generally provide protection for 80 minutes. If you towel off, reapply.
- Don't use sunscreen on babies. Sunscreen isn't meant for babies younger than 6 months. Use hats, clothing and shading to protect infants from the sun.
- Use sunscreen lip balm to protect your lips.
Source: American Cancer Society
Cruise-In: The Aiken Horsepower Association will hold its monthly cruise-in from 1 to 4 p.m. on Laurens Street in downtown Aiken. Anyone interested in attending or showing a car is invited to the free event. For more information, call (803) 648-4761.
BATTLE OBSERVANCE: The commemoration of the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Augusta (The Siege of Fort Cornwallis) will continue from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Living History Park, 299 W. Spring Grove Ave., North Augusta. Admission is free. Call (803) 215-0837 for more information.
BYE BYE BIRDIE: The Augusta Players Youth Theatre will present the show at 3 p.m. at Monte Santo Elementary School, 3713 Wrightsboro Road. Tickets cost $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students, and $6 for children age 12 and younger. Call (706) 721-2531 for more information.
PLAY AUDITIONS: Try out for the Aiken Community Playhouse production of The Frog Princess at 3 p.m. at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts, 126 Newberry St., Aiken. Openings are for at least 14 boys and girls ages 12-18. For more information, call (803) 648-1438.