Whether you’re planning a beach vacation this spring break or staying closer to home, keeping your skin safe in the sun is important. Here are some sun protection tips to keep in mind this spring break:
- Apply sunscreen 20-30 minutes before going outdoors. Stick to a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15.
- Apply sunscreen before getting dressed. Trying to apply sunscreen around your clothes may mean you miss some areas. Use an amount the size of a quarter for your body, and two tablespoons’ worth for your face.
- Don’t forget your scalp and hairline. These areas may be the most exposed to the sun throughout your day.
- Reapply your sunscreen often. Applying your sunscreen in the morning does not guarantee you’ll be protected all day. Reapply every two hours or after swimming or towel-drying. This applies to waterproof and sweatproof sunscreens as well.
- Cover up with clothing. Even on the beach, it’s vital to protect your skin with a wide-brimmed hat and, if possible, other clothing and accessories to keep the harmful rays at bay. If you’re wearing sunglasses, you may need to reapply sunscreen to the bridge of your nose periodically.
- Stay in the shade during peak hours. Stay out of the sun between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm, when UV rays cause the most damage.