Sunnier days are on the horizon. And while you can’t wait to get out in the blue skies, take a moment to think about how you’ll enjoy the warmer temps safely. Protecting your skin is an important part of your whole health.
Here are a few tips to get the most out of your sunscreen protection.
Use sunscreen every day and a foundation with sun protection in it.
Protecting your skin from the sun isn’t something you should do only at the beach, it's necessary every day. Much of what people think is normal aging, like wrinkles and sun spots, are actually the result of sun damage and can be avoided with proper sun protection. And don’t neglect to use sunscreen on any part of your body that will be exposed to the sun during the day.
Know your sun protection products and how much to use.
Always use a sunscreen that’s broad-spectrum, designed to protect against UV-A and UV-B rays, has an SPF 30 or higher, and is water resistant. And be sure to use plenty of sunscreen. Not doing so is probably the most common mistake people make when it comes to applying sunscreen. The average person should use at least one and a half ounces of sunscreen.
Apply and reapply.
You should apply your first layer of sunscreen about 30 minutes before you head outside and then reapply every two hours. Even if you aren’t going in the water, you can sweat enough to compromise your sunscreen protection, so always remember to reapply.
Wear sun protection clothing in addition to sunscreen.
Whether you’re at the pool or the beach, or just outside at a summer barbecue, you need to protect your skin from the sun. Sunscreen is a must, but protective clothing is also a good idea because that protection is constant.
Embrace the shade.
If you can, invest in a shade structure that you can take to the beach or park so you and the kids can get a break from the sun. And avoid being in the sun during the peak hours of 10 am to 2 pm when the sun is the strongest.
Teach your children about sun protection and make it part of their routine.
Create and reinforce a sun protection routine with your children. They will learn healthy ways to protect their skin that will carry with them into adulthood.
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