It’s summertime, and that means swimming, mowing, grilling, lake time, and…SUNBURNS. Ouch! We’ve got some sunscreen tips to prevent that lobster look from messing with your summer fun.
☀️ Choose a sunscreen that has an SPF (sun protection factor) of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays.
☀️ Apply sunscreen before going outside. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen to provide full protection. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, you might be cooking for 15 minutes after you apply, and that’s enough to get you burning!
☀️ Apply enough sunscreen. Most adults need about 1 ounce — or enough to fill a shot glass — to fully cover their body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.
☀️ Apply sunscreen to ALL skin not covered by clothing. Don’t forget your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard‐to‐reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen.
☀️ GUYS, if you have really short or thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a hat. LADIES, don’t forget your part! There’s nothing worse than hopping in the shower and feeling that hot water hit the top of your burnt head. 😬
☀️ To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
☀️ To remain protected when outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.
☀️ Don’t forget to look for kid-friendly sunscreen for your tiny humans. Not only is it gentler (which makes it often good for sensitive adult skin too), it’s tear-free, so no burning if it gets in their eyes while they swim or sweat.
✅ People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product.
✅ Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter, so make sure you lather up even when it’s not sweltering outside.
✅ Fun Fact: Sunscreen protects you from more than just sunburns — research suggests that it can actually help keep you from overheating. Nitric oxide is a compound found in skin cells that help the skin’s small blood vessels relax and contract. When your skin is exposed to UV rays, the nitric oxide levels in your skin cells drop, resulting in reduced blood flow to the skin, which can throw your body’s temperature out of whack. (If you’ve ever had a bad sunburn and experienced alternating chills and overheating, you’ll know how icky this can be!) By blocking those UV rays, sunscreen helps keep your body from overheating while you’re in the sun, helping to prevent heat exhaustion and heatstroke.