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 is sunscreen! We’ve all heard for years the importance of using sunscreen to protect us from sunburn and skin cancer, but simply slathering up 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’s ability to burn you.
Apply sunscreen to your infant without first consulting a pediatrician
Waste money on SPFs 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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