How to Apply Sunscreen
Now that you know how to choose the right sunscreen for your skin type, it’s important to make sure you’re applying enough of it. Like we told you earlier, it’s important to wear sunscreen daily — as well as reapply it at least every two hours. According to the AAD, you should apply your sunscreen 15 minutes before going outside, and you should use enough to cover all exposed skin.
You’ll likely need an ounce (about a shot glass worth) to evenly cover your body from head to toe. According to the AAD, there are a few areas that are often overlooked — we’re talking about your ears, neck, hands, tops of feet, and along your hairline — so don’t forget to apply sunscreen to these. Keep your bottle of sunscreen with you in your bag so that you can easily reapply when needed.
Other Sun Protection Measures You Should Take
Your sun protection routine shouldn’t stop with applying (and reapplying) sunscreen. According to the AAD, there are a few other measures you should take as well. These include limiting your amount of time in the sun — especially during the sun’s peak hours of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. — seeking shade, and wearing clothing that covers exposed areas — such as long sleeves, pants, a wide-brimmed hat, and UV-blocking sunglasses.
To recap — look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that suits your skin type, apply it 15 minutes before going outside and as directed, reapply it at least every two hours, and remember to seek shade and wear sun protective clothing in addition to wearing sunscreen. With these tips in mind, you’re prepared for a great, sun-safe summer.