Now that you are caught up to speed on the NEW Sunscreen Rules from our ‘OLD vs. New Sunscreen Rules’ Blog, here are a few other tips for providing more effective sun protection:
- Be sure to apply enough sunscreen to cover the entire area being exposed.
- Reapply every 40 or 80 minutes depending on the directions of the sunscreen. And don’t forget if you are sweating or in water the time is virtually cut in half.
- SPF 30 or higher of mineral zinc oxide is recommended for daily use.
- Wear protective clothing like a hat, as it is a very effective method of sun protection.
- Apply and Reapply at the appropriate time. Make sure you apply 15 minutes prior to going outside to give the product time to absorb. When reapplying make sure to dry your body if you are wet, apply and then wait 15 minutes before resuming your activity.
- Wear a hat. The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends the use of a hat with a three inch brim to cover your face, neck and ears which are area prone to sunburn.
- Sunglasses are equally important for protecting your eyes. Most people forget about protecting their eyes from the harmful UV rays which can contribute to cataracts and macular degeneration.
Forms of sunscreen and ideal areas for use:
- Creams best for most areas.
- Gels ideal for hairy areas such as scalp.
- Sticks great for use around the eye area as they are not prone to migrate and sting eyes.
- Sprays although convenient, they are not the most effective as they do not cover evenly.