Most of us understand the need for sunscreen, especially in the upcoming summer months. But many of us do not know that sunscreen has a shelf life and an expiration date.
NBC Action News in Kansas City recently answered the question: When does sunscreen expire?
Citing a Mayo Clinic study, the report found that sunscreens are designed to remain stable and at original strength for up to three years. The report urged users to discard sunscreens that are past the expiration date, are more than 3 years old, or have been exposed to high temperatures.
- Use the full recommended application. Most people don’t use enough sunscreen. A recommended application is about 1 ounce to cover all exposed parts of the body.
- Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 15 (many dermatologists recommend using SPF 30 or greater)
- Apply sunscreen 20 – 30 minutes before going outdoors to allow the sunscreen to fully protect your skin
- Reapply every 2 hour — or more frequently if you are swimming or sweating
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Brett Emison is currently a partner at Langdon & Emison, a firm dedicated to helping injured victims across the country from their primary office near Kansas City. Mainly focusing on catastrophic injury and death cases as well as complex mass tort and dangerous drug cases, Mr. Emison often deals with automotive defects, automobile crashes, railroad crossing accidents (train accidents), trucking accidents, dangerous and defective drugs, defective medical devices.