You just bought the best sunscreen ever made: SPF 100+, 100% Waterproof - won't wash off, "All Day Protection". Great marketing words, but meaningless.
Of all the sunscreen tips I can give you, the #1 Sunscreen tip is: There is no such thing as 100% protection - 100% of the time.
It's not only about what sunscreen you buy, it's how well you use it. Think of it like a medication, if you don't take the full dose, it won't work effectively.
Tips on how to apply sunscreen so you won’t get sunburn ~ Anywhere
Here are some easy to follow tips on applying sunscreen for the best possible protection from the sun.
- Apply sunscreen Nude – Before you put on your swimsuit or clothing. This gives the sunscreen a chance to absorb into your skin, not your clothing. You'll also be less likely to miss spots near the bathing suit lines.
- Apply sunscreen SFP 15 or higher 20 minutes before getting dresses and going outside.
- Exfoliate often – it’s good for the skin and it helps the skin absorb moisturizers in the sunscreen
- Set your cell phone timer to remind you to re-apply sunscreen every two hours when you are outside. Sunscreens often degrade in the sun – “all-day protection” does not exist.
- Use at least a “shot glass” size of sunscreen to cover your entire body. I usually use more. Don’t skimp - Slather it on nice and thick.
- Don’t forget your – Lips, Ears and Eyes. I like to use lip balm with SPF 30+ on both my lips and my eye lids. It does not bother my eyes and it stays on really well.
- Those with thinning or no hair – Best option – Wear a hat or scarf. There are hair products with SPF. If you are bald – any SPF of 15 or higher is best.
- Always choose a Broad-spectrum sunscreen to block both UVA & UVB rays.
- Use water – resistant sunscreens when swimming or exercising.
- Don’t forget the backs of your hands. It’s often the first place for age spots.
- Don’t forget the tops of your feet. Re-apply sunscreen after dangling them in the pool or standing at the waters’ edge to cool off. There is almost nothing worse than sunburned feet.
- Avoid the hottest time of the day – Between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm
- Don’t spend more than 30 minutes in the sun on your first day out after “the winter hibernation”. You may be sorry.
- Seek shade when you feel your skin getting “HOT”, move to an area under an umbrella, tree or awning. Cover-up with sun protective clothing.
- Like on the airplane - Put on your "sunscreen" first, before helping others.
Teach by example and learn how to get kids to apply sunscreen with minimal fuss.
These sunscreen tips are not only important, but very easy to follow. Being outside in the sunshine makes us feel alive and healthy, however a sunburn hurts and is possibly damaging to your overall health.
Be careful and use common sense.
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