When it comes to a person’s beach bag, everyone has a different idea of what should go inside: books, music, snacks…the list is endless. But one thing we should all be sure to have in our beach bags? Sunscreen! We’ve all heard the importance of using sunscreen to protect us from sunburn and skin cancer, but simply slathering it on isn’t enough to keep you protected from the sun.
Follow these sunscreen dos and don’ts to keep your skin protected:
Apply and reapply often! The recommended reapplication timeline is every 2 hours when you’re in the sun. If you spend a lot of time in the water and aren’t using waterproof sunscreen, you might want to reapply more often.
Use hats, shirts, cover-ups, umbrellas, and more to keep you out of the sun as much as possible.
Apply sunscreen even on a cloudy or cold day. You can still get burned even if it’s cloudy, and the temperature of the day has nothing to do with the sun’s ability to burn your skin.
Use a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays
Rely on your makeup’s built-in SPF to be enough to keep you safe. You’re likely not applying enough or reapplying often enough for makeup to be an effective sunblock.
Assume that because you have darker skin you’re immune to the sun’ss ability to burn you.
Apply sunscreen to your infant without first consulting a pediatrician.
Assume you only need sunscreen if you’re on the beach. Sunscreen is for daily use, too!
Waste money on SPF higher than 50, as there’s no evidence to support that SPFs higher than 50 are any more effective at protecting you from the sun.
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