Two keys to a fun day outdoors: preventing sunburn and keeping bugs from biting. Our advice in a nutshell:
For tips on choosing and properly using these products, read on.
Sunlight involves a wide spectrum of light, including invisible ultraviolet (UVA and UVB) rays. Both have the potential to cause skin cancer.
An SPF rating only identifies how well a sunscreen protects skin from UVB (burning) rays. No rating system currently exists for UVA rays.
Use sunscreens effective against both UVA and UVB, sometimes called broad-spectrum sunscreen. REI sells only broad-spectrum sunscreens.
Not sure? See the REI Expert Advice article on How to Choose and Use Sunscreens for a list of ingredients used in UVA-blocking sunscreens.
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The single best advice for using repellents: Read and follow manufacturer instructions on product labels.
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Best defense when bugs are bad:
By T.D. Wood
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Last updated: 04/11/2014
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