For most of us, it’s easy to remember to wear sunscreen when the sun is out. What’s harder to remember, is that even if it’s cold and windy and rainy, the sun is still up there, shining down on us causing potential damage to our skin. That’s why it’s important to wear sunscreen every single day — not just during swimsuit season!
Even if you can’t see or feel the sun, you should still make sure your skin is protected whenever you go outside. Wearing sunscreen every day:
You’re probably already aware of these benefits. But, are you sure you’re setting up your sunscreen for success? Proper sun care is not as simple as slapping on any old lotion. If you really want to soak up the sun without feeling the burn, follow these tips:
Sunscreen is a must in any weather. UVA and UVB rays can damage your skin even on cloudy days. UVA rays sink deep into the skin causing dark spots and wrinkles and UVB rays cause sunburns so make sure you find a broad spectrum product that protects against both with an SPF (sun protection factor) rating of at least 30. Use roughly one ounce for full coverage, or about as much as you can fit in a shot glass. Remember to be especially diligent about applying and reapplying between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when UV rays are at peak power.
During the summer months when the sun is high and hot and you’re spending more time outside at the pool or the beach, choose a heavier duty, higher SPF sunscreen like Coppertone Sunscreen, Lotion, Broad Spectrum SPF 30.
During springtime you can generally get away with a sunscreen light enough to wear under your everyday makeup like Revlon Sunscreen, Primer/Base, SPF 34. You can ever wear a BB cream — a light, tinted foundation with added skin care benefits — like Maybelline Dream Fresh BB 8-in-1 Skin Perfector Cream for even more protection.
During the drying months of winter, a moisturizing sunscreen like CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion, with Sunscreen can do double-duty keeping your skin protected from the sun and moisturized.
After you’ve applied your sunscreen, it’s wise to wait before you plop yourself down next to the pool. Sunscreen takes about 20 minutes to fully set in enough to effectively fight UV rays. A little patience can prevent a lot of pain.
Even if you apply thoroughly and don’t miss a spot, you’re not necessarily protected all day. In general, smart suncare requires reapplication every two hours. If you’re swimming or sweating, you’ll want to reapply even more frequently. Whether you’re using water resistant sunscreen or waterproof sunscreen makes a big difference. If your sunblock isn’t fully waterproof and you take a dip to cool off, your protection takes a dip, too. So be sure to layer on more when you get back to your towel.
Sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time. If you have a tube from a previous year, play it safe and start the season with a new one. It’s better to be safe than sunburned because you trusted your old SPF not-quite-30.
Your scalp is an often overlooked area prone to burning. You may think you can skip it, but if your hair is parted, or even just naturally thin, you could end up with a painful burn. To prevent scalp burns, look for misting or sprayable sunblock like Coppertone Sport Broad Spectrum SPF 50 Sunscreen Spray and give your hair a helpful spritz.
It’s happened to us all. You forgot, or missed a spot, or just didn’t put enough on and now you’re hurting. We have a few easy ways to ease your pain. You might still feel the sting of showing up to work looking like a lobster, but your burns will fade faster.
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