Whether you’re heading to the beach or simply enjoying a warm afternoon in the backyard, sunscreen, and protective clothing are your best bets to protect against a painful and damaging sunburn.
What the heck is SPF?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and refers to the strength of the sunscreen to protect your skin from UVA/UVB rays. Sunscreens with a higher SPF rating offers more protection, but none offers 100% protection.
Tip: SPF 30+ blocks 97% of UVB rays. Reapply regularly, especially after sweating or swimming.
Should I just put it on my skin?
Sunscreen should be used along with shade, clothing, and hats – not instead of them – and it doesn’t mean you should stay in the sun longer. Use a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and apply before makeup or insect repellent. The average adult needs 2-3 tablespoons’ worth of sunscreen for the body, and a teaspoon to cover face and neck.
Tip: Treat sunscreen like the first piece of clothing when getting dressed and cover all body parts that won’t be covered by clothing (and heck, even those that are!) with sunscreen first thing in the morning. Reapply as often as needed.
Stay sun safe!