Most Nebraskans didn’t need a lot of sunscreen over the Fourth of July weekend as the weather was cloudy and cool, but there’s a lot of summer left.
Epidemiologist Patty Quinlisk says you might be able to use the same sunscreen you had last year as long as it still appears to be good.
“It sort of depends,” Quinlisk says. “Usually on the bottle, they will have a ‘best if used by’ date kind of thing.” She says there are some cases where that date might not be the best guide.
“I think if it’s been there awhile, especially if you’re like me and you keep things out in your garage where it goes through the cold of the winter and the heat of the summer, it probably is not a bad idea to just get new,” Quinlisk says. “That way you know that it is going to be working at its peak effectiveness and you will be protected.”
She says to take a look at your stock of sunblock to be sure it hasn’t expired before you head out, so you can stay shielded from the sun’s harmful rays.