While we love our UPF 50+ sun protective hats and apparel (whether wet or dry) as a GREAT way to protect yourself against the sun's harmful UV rays, we know that you're not going to be fully covered up...ever. Who would want to be? So whats else do you need to do to stay protected? Well of course, it's with sunscreen. So in this regard, we thought we'd share with you a few tips that are often and easily forgotten when applying sunscreen.
Here they are (from the American Academy of Dermatology):
- Get the right sunscreen - You want to look for sunscreen that has at least a 30 SPF value, is water-resistant and is a broad spectrum sunscreen - meaning it protects you against both UVA and UVB rays.
- Apply ahead of time - Put your sunscreen on roughly 15 minutes before you are heading into the sun as that is about how long it takes for your skin to absorb it.
- Apply generously - An average adult needs about an ounce of sunscreen for proper protection. So what does that mean? Whatever your palm can hold is about the right amount for you. (Studies have shown that we use about 50% of what we should)
- Apply to all bare areas - We tend to focus on our arms and legs when applying sunscreen, which is good, but we must not forget our necks, ears, nose, face, hands, feet, lips (with a balm of 15+ SPF) etc. If you need help with an area, don't forget to ask for it.
- Re-apply when necessary - Re-apply your sunscreen every two hours or immediately after you have been in the water, even if it is water-resistant or "waterproof", or sweating.
So no matter how fashionable, cool or fun you look and feel in your sun protective clothing, you still have to apply sunscreen, and even more so when you're baring it all (or almost all of it anyway).
Tale care of yourself and take care of your skin. These are simple tips that will go a long way in protecting you from the sun's harmful UV rays.
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Video courtesy of American Academy of Dermatology