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Sunscreen

You must use sun­screen. Mike & Liza heard about a Texas man who was doing a lit­tle nude sunbathing…fell asleep…and woke up with 2nd degree burns over 40% of his body. Put that 45 on so you can rock on. (Thanks Sheryl Crow)

Sun­screen guidelines:

Pre-apply: Pre-apply sun­screen at least 20 min­utes before sun expo­sure so it has time to absorb into your skin. A new sur­vey from Pre­Sun Sun­screen finds that less than 1/3 of adults pre-apply before going into the sun.

Re-apply: Re-apply every 80 min­utes and after swim­ming or sweat­ing excessively.

Layer Prop­erly: If you’re going to be wear­ing insect repel­lent or makeup, apply sun­screen first so it is the bot­tom layer directly on the skin.

Be Gen­er­ous: About 1 ounce of sun­screen (a “palm­ful”) should be used to cover the arms, legs, neck and face of the aver­age adult. “When it comes to sun­screen, don’t apply sparingly,”

Under­stand Labels: Look for prod­ucts with an effec­tive broad-spectrum sun-blocking ingre­di­ent, such as Par­sol 1789, and a min­i­mum of SPF 15. Prod­ucts labeled “water­proof” may pro­vide pro­tec­tion for at least 80 min­utes even when swim­ming or sweat­ing. “Water resis­tant” prod­ucts may pro­vide pro­tec­tion for only 40 minutes.

Don’t Use Old Sun­screen: Check the expi­ra­tion dates on bot­tles of sun­screen you’ve had for a while. Expo­sure to extreme tem­per­a­tures can shorten sunscreen’s shelf life, too, so it’s safest to buy a new bottle(s) every sum­mer season.

Apply Under Clothes: You may think wear­ing a t-shirt when swim­ming pro­vides pro­tec­tion, but a wet t-shirt actu­ally only has an SPF 4. Make sure to apply sun­screen even under clothes.

 

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