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)
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.