Apply Sunscreen

  1. Apply sunscreen. Even if you don’t get burned skin cancer is no joke. Most dermatologists recommend applying sunscreen year round.
  2. Apply a lot of it. You should be applying a full shot glass of sunscreen if you’re looking to cover the majority of the body. If you’re using a spray, it should essentially look like you’ve just stepped out of the shower. Also if you are using a spray don’t apply it to your face.
  3. Apply it often. At most your sunscreen probably only lasts 2-3 hours and if you’re sweating or in the water you will need to reapply more frequently. No sunscreen is really waterproof. You should also try to apply sunscreen 15 minutes before you head outside.
  4. Research the sunscreen you buy. Unfortunately sunscreen isn’t very heavily tested or regulated which leads to a lot of sunscreens that aren’t as strong as they claim to be. Check out Greatist.com for a list of some of the worst offenders (Banana Boat does not fare well) and Consumer Reports for a list of the best sunscreens. You should be applying sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 whenever you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. Also look for something with UVA And UVB protection. Also be aware that sunscreen expires.
  5. Don’t count on your clothing to protect you. Unless it has a UPF summer clothing that is light colored and loosely knitted will not give you much UV protection.

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