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Keeping Safe and Fun in the Summer Sun!

Updated: Oct 5

With the school year coming to an end and endless opportunities for an adventure this summer arise, where will you go? During summer, the days are longer, the sun is hotter, and most importantly, there is no schoolwork to check! No matter how you spend your time off this season, don’t forget to splash into Jeffreys Drugstore. We have various products to promote the most fun for you and your loved ones this summer.



Staying Safe in the Summer Sun

While we need the sun's warmth to survive, extensive sun exposure can damage the skin. Sunlight is a type of ultraviolet light, also referred to as UV light. UV rays that reach the earth’s surface are either UVA or UVB:

  • UVA rays make up 95% of the rays that reach the earth.

  • UVB rays make up the remaining 5%.

You might ask yourself why this information is essential for you. Just like the earth, your skin is also affected by the benefits and dangers of UV rays. These rays often lead to sunburns and irreparable skin damage. Excess exposure to UVA & UVB rays can lead to:

  • Skin damage

  • Skin cancers

  • Skin blisters

Sun exposure impacts people with all different skin tones. The Fitzpatrick Scale, shown below, is a classification system for skin types and their reaction to UV rays.


There is an extensive range of products that help elevate sun exposure and sun damage, including:

  • Aloe vera gel – soothes even the worst sunburns.

  • Hats & Sunglasses – protect your head and face from sun exposure.

  • Sunscreen – helps filter UV rays from the sun to protect your skin from damage.


Proper Sunscreen Usage

As you purchase sunscreen at Jeffreys Drugstore, you will likely see the SPF letters on each bottle. Simply put, SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. SPF measures the level of sun protection each product has to offer. Dermatologists often recommend using sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher. While there may be sunscreens with various levels of SPF, some as high as 70, it’s good to know the levels of protection offered by each SPF number.

SPF level

Level of protection from UVB Rays

SPF 15

93%

SPF 30

97%

SPF 50

98%

SPF 100

98.3%

This chart reveals that SPF levels over 30 do not provide significantly more sun protection. We recommend keeping these statistics in mind when deciding which type of sunscreen to buy from Jeffreys Drugstore.



Essential Factors to Keep in Mind When Applying Sunscreen

  • Sunscreen is meant to be used throughout the day, not just once. Both water and sweat can interfere with your sunscreen, leaving you exposed and susceptible to burns. We recommend that you reapply every two to three hours at a minimum. You should apply even water-resistant products liberally.

  • When applying sunscreen, cover your face, neck, arms, legs, and lips. Many companies even offer customers special lip balms, protecting your whole body from UV rays.

  • Expiration dates play a critical role in your sun protection. Topical products often lose efficacy over time and will not work if expired. If you cannot find the expiration date, a member of our team is happy to help you with every visit!


Sun Safety Beyond the Beach

It is always important to keep sunscreen handy throughout the summer. While it’s common to use sunscreen at the beach and pools, there are a number of occasions where sunscreen use is critical for your skin:

  • Driving

  • Attending an outdoor wedding

  • Camping

  • Visiting a water park

  • Fishing

  • Yardwork

  • Exercising outside

While sunscreen is key to your health this summer, it’s also important to stay hydrated, seek shade, and take periodic breaks throughout the day. Our team at Jeffrey’s Drugstore wants to help keep you happy and healthy throughout the fun of summer vacation. Be sure to see us before your next outdoor activity to ensure you don’t have to feel the burn this summer!


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