PIKEVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - Summer officially begins on Friday and dermatologists want to make sure folks know how to properly protect themselves from the sun.
Dermatologist, Dr. Tim Lavender says, "Many people think sunburns are okay, if you get one it will peel off and be gone...not so! The damage is seen in deeper parts of skin and effects are there for years and years."
They say that damage can lead to skin cancer. Dr. Lavender says, "It continues to be a problem. Many people will lose their lives to skin cancer every year and it is a shame because most probably could have been prevented with sunscreen."
They say that is why it is important to protect your skin with sunscreen, even if you want to get a sun tan.
Dr. Lavender says, "People who want to tan...that is fine. Tan through the suncreen, don't get the burns."
Kendra Hall is a lifeguard and says she applies sunscreen several times each day. "Sunscreen is really important in the summer, especially for the kids because they burn really easily," says Hall.
Dermatologists say that is not a reason to keep children indoors. Dr. Lavender says, "Let them get outside and play, put them in an SPF 50 or better."
They say there are many misconceptions when it comes to skin care and the sun. One of the biggest ones dermatologists say is that water resistant sunscreen will last all day...and they say that is simply not true.
Dr. Lavender says, "Waterproof doesn't mean its impervious to water, it means it won't wash off as quickly."
That is one of the reasons there are new requirements for sunscreen labels, including getting rid of the term waterproof. Labels now say water-resistant and must contain a time period within which consumers must reapply.
Another change to sunscreen labels is adding the term "broad spectrum", which means a product has been proven effective against both UVA and UVB rays.
UVB rays cause sunburn, while UVA rays are linked to skin cancer and early skin aging.