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Special Edition

Welcome to our special edition, wellness-focused newsletter for spring. We’ll see you outside.

Sunscreen facts unpacked: Here’s what you need to know to protect your skin
A sunny walking path leading through a park downtown.
Doesn’t that look nice — it was probably 102° with a UV 10 rating. | Photo by @mikedayphotography
Sun’s out and so are we, Kansas City — but not without sunscreen, of course.

While spending time outside is a great way to boost vitamin D levels, we still need to protect ourselves from the sun’s harmful UV rays (an invisible kind of radiation that comes from the sun, tanning beds, and sunlamps that can damage skin cells).

So, whether you’re planning to be poolside, on a beach, or heading out to Loose park (or one of our many other local parks), don’t skip out on the SPF.

This Skin Cancer Awareness Month, we’re addressing commonly asked sunscreen questions to keep your skin protected while you’re having fun in the sun.

A person applying sunscreen on a child's back.

Did you know? It’s recommended for anyone six months of age and up to use sunscreen.


GIF by KCtoday

When should I apply sunscreen?

Apply sunscreen to all areas that will be exposed to the sun ~15 minutes before heading outdoors. Once you’re out, reapply about every two hours (or after swimming or sweating), and make sure to check the directions on the bottle in case you need to reapply more frequently.

What order in my skincare routine should it be?

The very last step. Sunscreen should go on after serums and moisturizers to give a final layer of sun protection. Bonus: You can layer sunscreen with an SPF-based foundation. (Note: Even when using makeup with SPF, make sure you still add a layer of sunscreen underneath.)

Should I wear sunscreen even when it’s cloudy?

Absolutely. Even when it’s cloudy, up to 80% of the sun’s UV radiation reaches the earth. So even when the sun isn’t outside, you should still apply.

Pro tip: Less is more when it comes to sunscreen application. All you need is an ~ounce of sunscreen to protect your skin.

See you outside this summer, Kansas City.
News Notes
Fact or Fiction
  • Dermatologists recommend using a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. Fact or fiction? Find out.
  • It’s time to lace up those sneakers, Kansas City. Check out these nine local trails to start planning your next local outdoor adventure.
  • KCMO-based Grand Coffee Company will open its first Johnson County shop at 10610 Shawnee Mission Pkwy. near the end of this summer. The Italian-inspired cafe serves coffee, protein shakes, and paninis. (Johnson County Post)
  • Hiking not your style, but you still want to spend time in the sunshine? Check out one of our 20 local parks.
The Buy
Ready to protect your skin?
👚 Protect arms and chest with a simple women’s long-sleeve with UPF 50+ (meaning it blocks 98% of UV rays).

👕 This men’s UPF 50+ hoodie shirt is lightweight and perfect for outdoor adventures.

🌞 Sunscreen options can feel endless — we like Supergoop! SPF 40 Unseen Sunscreen for face, as well as CeraVe’s SPF 30 Tinted Mineral Sunscreen. For body, get a bundle of Coppertone SPF 50 Spray Sunscreen that will last you all summer.

🕶️ For eye protection, shop Nordstrom Rack’s sunglasses under $100.

👒 Which sun hat would you choose: visor-style, one with a wind lanyard, or extra, extra wide?

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