We know the feeling. The sun is out, the weather is warm and you want to get outside and have fun. Before you rush headlong into a summer packed with outdoor activities, keep in mind the ways sunscreen protects you:
You’re probably already aware of these benefits. But, are you sure you’re setting up your sunscreen for success? Proper suncare is not as simple as slapping on any old lotion. If you really want to soak up the sun without feeling the burn, follow these tips:
Apply Every Day
Sunscreen is a must in any weather. UVA and UVB rays can damage your skin even on cloudy days. Make sure you find a broad spectrum product with a high enough SPF (sun protection factor) rating and use roughly one ounce for full coverage, or about as much as you can fit in a shot glass. Remember to be especially diligent about applying and reapplying between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are at peak power.
Let It Soak In Before You Go Out
After you’ve applied your sunscreen, it’s wise to wait before you plop yourself down next to the pool. Sunscreen takes about 20 minutes to fully set in enough to effectively fight UV rays. A little patience can prevent a lot of pain. If you’re heading to the beach, just apply as you’re getting ready to leave.
Remember to Reapply
Even if you apply thoroughly and don’t miss a spot, you’re not necessarily protected all day. In general, smart suncare requires reapplication every two hours. If you’re swimming or sweating, you’ll want to reapply even more frequently. Whether you’re using water resistant sunscreen or waterproof sunscreen makes a big difference. If your sunblock isn’t fully waterproof and you take a dip to cool off, your protection takes a dip, too. So be sure to layer on more when you get back to your towel.
Check the Date
Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time. If you have a tube from a previous summer, play it safe and start the season with a new one. It’s better to be safe than sunburned because you trusted your old SPF not-quite-30.
Misting Is a Must
Your scalp is an often overlooked area prone to burning. You may think you can skip it, but if your hair is parted, or even just naturally thin, you could end up with a painful burn. To prevent scalp burns, look for misting or sprayable sunblock and give your hair a helpful spritz.
Lotions and sprays aren’t the only way to stay protected. You can also stay safe from the sun with everyday necessities like cosmetics and contact lenses. Check the labels to see if any level of UV protection is listed.
What to Do If You Get Burned?
It’s happened to us all. You forgot, or missed a spot, or just didn’t put enough on and now you’re hurting. We have a few easy ways to ease your pain. You might still feel the sting of showing up to work looking like a lobster, but your burns will fade faster.
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