Time to Break Out the Sunscreen

Recent study found many men don't use sunscreen.

By Jane Geelan-Sayres
|  Friday, Jun 22, 2012  |  Updated 2:47 PM CDT
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Time to Break Out the Sunscreen

Thinking about and using sunscreen should happen year round according to the experts.

With summer officially here and the temps beginning to dip into the 100 degree mark, some of you may find yourself spending more and more time outside in the sun.

And with that hot sun comes some very real dangers, dehydration, heat stroke and sunburn. That is why many doctors recommend we wear sunblock with at least an SPF of 30, or more even when we are doing something as simple as mowing the yard.

But more than just SPF goes into picking the right sunscreen. Experts at the Mayo Clinic suggest you should just avoid the sun during peak hours between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at any time of the year, if you can. You should also look at wearing protective clothing, check if the sunscreen has UVA and UVB protection, and also check if you can even wear sunscreen at all.

Best thing to do is check out the Mayo guidelines here.

Also, a study by the Skin Cancer Foundation found, in a survey, nearly half the men they spoke to said they never use sunscreen. And three-quarters of them said they don't know what to look for when it comes to suspicious skin spots.

So what about you? Have you ever had a sun burn so bad you took a photo? Share them with us. Send them to isee@nbcdfw.com so we can show people what not to do.

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