Are you using enough sunscreen?

Posted at 6:40 PM, Jun 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-06-29 18:40:07-04

(WTVR) – The temperature will be above one hundred all weekend, and the sky will be clear which means if you’re outside you should be protecting your children’s skin and your own from the sun.

 There are some simple rules you should follow when applying sunscreen, put it on 15 to 30 minutes before heading outside.

 It’s important to have the right SPF, but also important that you are putting enough on.

Cleveland Clinic Doctor Melissa Piliang says, “Most people don’t put on quite enough sunscreen.  To cover your exposed skin you take one ounce, that’s the amount that would full a shot glass.  Most sunscreen bottles have six to eight ounces of sunscreen in them.  So it should only last you for six or eight applications.  A week at the beach you should go through more than one bottle of sunscreen.”

The doctor says for infants start using sunscreen at 6 months, before that just keep them out of the sun.