Don’t Forget That SPF!

Do we need to wear sunscreen daily and year-round, even in Northeast Ohio? Eliot Mostow, M.D., M.P.H., a professor of internal medicine and chair of dermatology, says yes, in a recent Q&A with Akron Beacon Journal’s Betty Lin-Fisher.

“Sunscreens on a daily basis and year-round are a great idea. Most dermatologists wear sunscreen every day,” Dr. Mostow says in the article.

Here’s a little advice from Dr. Mostow about what times of day we do or don’t need sunscreen:

“A good rule of thumb is if your shadow is longer than you are tall, independent of the time of day, it is safer to be outside. You should always have at least a sunscreen with an effective SPF of at least 15.” 

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