By Samantha Yu
We all know that it’s important to protect our skin from the sun. But we also know that Vitamin D is a crucial component of a healthy lifestyle. Plus, sometimes we just can’t resist basking in the warm summer light. To help you find a comfortable balance, we’ve found 7 ways for you to make sure you’re taking caring of your skin correctly. So whether you’re at the beach, on a boat, or in your backyard, you’ll be sunning safely.
Learn the alphabet Once upon a time sunscreen focused primarily on protecting from UV-B rays, which cause sunburn and skin damage. More recently, an increasing emphasis has been placed on protecting from UV-A rays, which increase the risk of skin cancer. Make sure you’re picking a sunscreen that protects from both!
Pick the right SPF Refinery29 asked dermatologist Dr. Doris Day about the effectiveness of different SPF levels and found, “A sunscreen’s SPF measures how long unprotected skin can be exposed to UVB rays before burning, compared with how long it takes to burn without protection. Sunscreen with an SPF of 15 would prevent sunburn 15 times longer than if the product weren’t used. Sunscreen with an SPF of 15 effectively filters our 93 perfect of all incoming UVB rays, while SPF 30 keeps out 97 percent, and SPF 50, 98 percent.”
Plan ahead It takes time for your skin to absorb the sunscreen you put on, so plan ahead and apply approximately 30 minutes before you head into the sun.
Apply liberally Let’s just say that more is more when it comes to sunscreen. You want to make sure you’re applying at least a shot glass full to cover your entire body and a teaspoon’s worth to your face. If you’re using a spray, apply two coats to make sure you’re not missing any spots.
Protect everything Don’t forget to protect your lips and scalp. Nowadays, it’s easy to find lip balms that contain SPF in them. Sunscreen for your scalp may seem a little less common, but there are actually a number of powder and spray options available that will help protect the top of your head from peeling. Trust us, you want to avoid that at all costs.
Apply again Just because you put sunscreen at the beginning of your day on the beach doesn’t mean you won’t get sunburned. To make sure that your protection lasts, reapply every two hours.
Keep it up It’s a good idea to find products with SPF 15 in them for everyday wear. Applying sunscreen when you know you’re going to be exposed for an extended period of time is important. But maintaining your healthy skin even when you’re not at the beach – sunscreen in the winter is a must, too! – is vital.