Sunscreen Safety

sunscreen

Did you know that using the end of a spray bottle of sunscreen before a day at the beach means you'll be buying aloe lotion that night? We learned that the hard way. Don't be lobsters like us. Keep your skin healthy and pain-free with just a bit more planning!

First, buy the right kind. You want a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. Consider water resistant for use in the pool or if you might get sweaty.

Then, apply sunscreen everywhere (tip: use a wooden spoon covered in plastic wrap for those hard-to-reach spots on your back!). Let your sunscreen soak in for 15 minutes before heading outside.

If you're unsure how much sunscreen is enough, consider that the equivalent of a shot glass of sunscreen will cover the average adult body. And always opt for more, rather than less!

And did you know that even spray sunscreen needs to be rubbed in? You'll wind up with a splotchy finish -- and reaching for a bottle of aloe -- if you don't.

Finally, reapply that sunscreen every two hours, and remind yourself by setting an alarm on your phone.

With that, you'll be ready to enjoy a sunny summer day!