Sun Protection & Sunscreen Tips


Try and limit your sun exposure, and when you are outside, try to wear a hat and cover as much skin as possible. Of course, when it’s hot out the last thing you want to do is cover up! So, using a broad-spectrum sunscreen is the best way to combat UV rays. Even if you don’t think you’ll be in the sun, UV rays can impact your skin through glass, cloud coverage, and even your clothing, so wearing sunscreen every day is very important. Check out the sunscreen tips below.

Coat Yourself Before You Put on Your Clothes:
When applying sunscreen, working around your clothes will make you more likely to miss a spot. On your body, slather on a shot glass’s worth of a broad-spectrum sunscreen that’s at least SPF 30 – before you put on your clothes.

Don’t Wait Until You’re Outside:
Another reason why it’s good to apply sunscreen before you get dressed: SPF needs a good 20 minutes to sink in before your skin is completely protected from UV rays. If you wait, you might as well not be wearing sunblock at all for that first half-hour outdoors.

Never Rely on Makeup:
While it may be tempting to skip the sunscreen step in your morning routine when the letters “SPF” are written on your makeup bottles – don’t give in. You would need to apply 14 times the amount [of powder for example] that you normally use. The same goes for foundation.

Check expiration dates:
We all have that leftover bottle of sunscreen lurking in the medicine cabinet, but it’s critical to start fresh each summer. Active ingredients in sunscreens can lose their potency, so its mandatory to check the expiration date.

Don’t Make Excuses:
The fear of sprouting a pimple may be the reason you’ve skimped on sunscreen. However, breakouts are more related to sweating than to the sunscreen product itself. Try using a water-resistant formula if you know you’ll be sweating, they’re less likely to cause breakouts.

Never Run Out:
Make sure you have plenty of sunscreen on hand. You can always get samples of sunscreens from your dermatologist, they have plenty, and they’re great for tossing in your purse, car, or makeup kit for regular application.

Think Ahead
People often forget to protect their scalp—and end up with a burn in their part. Mist your scalp and hairline with a spray sunscreen all around your head to be sure you’re covered. When in doubt, wear a hat.