4 Tips to SPF Yourself- Applying Sunscreen
We are in the thick of the summer and everyone wants to be out at the pool or at the beach! May was skin cancer awareness month. So, I thought I should start with talking about skin care and sunburn prevention. I am very cautious these days about protecting our skin- in particular my kiddos. With them being part Indian and part Irish- their skin is more sensitive to sun exposure then mine!
The first thing that should be on everyone’s mind before you walk out the door is applying sunscreen. Here are 4 tips to get you protected and out the door!
- Choose sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA (the aging rays that are out all day long whether it’s sunny or cloudy) and UVB (the burning rays that are out from 10am- 2pm, peak hours) rays.
- Apply sunscreen generously 15 minutes before going outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and protect you. If you wait until you are in the sun to apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can still burn.
- Apply sunscreen to all bare skin. Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and hands and legs. For hard-to-reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide-brimmed hat. To protect your lips, apply a lip balm with a SPF of at least 15.
- Reapply sunscreen at least every 45-90 minutes to remain protected, or immediately after swimming or excessively sweating.
How do I apply sunscreen?:
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