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Your Guide to Sun Protection for Summer 2017

Sun Care & Self-Tanning

Your Guide to Sun Protection for Summer 2017 Your Guide to Sun Protection for Summer 2017 Your Guide to Sun Protection for Summer 2017

Summer’s here—and you know what that means. Yep—it’s time to break out the tank tops, shorts, and flip flops! But you know what else it means? It’s also time to get serious about sun protection—if you haven’t already. Here’s our guide to sun protection for summer 2017. You can still enjoy the warm weather—just be smart about it!

Sun Protection Measures to Take This Summer

Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. That’s why it’s important to regularly use multiple sun protection measures when you can. While you should actually do these year-round (since you can get burned even on cloudy days), we get that summer is probably the time of year when you’ll be thinking about it most, especially if you have a vacation planned where you’ll be outside most of the time. Below are the sun protection measures you should take:

1. Limit your time in the sun. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) states that the sun’s rays are most intense between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. While you should limit your time in the sun whenever you can, you should be especially careful to do so during these peak hours. Heading to the beach? Park yourself under an umbrella. Going for a walk? Shade yourself under some trees.

2. Cover up. The FDA advises covering exposed skin when you’re outdoors. We’re talking about wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, UV-blocking sunglasses, and broad-brimmed hats. Why not take this as your opportunity to shop for some super-cute new summer clothes and accessories? After all, you can still look cute while you’re covered up!

3. Wear broad-spectrum sunscreen. The FDA recommends using a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher every day as directed on the packaging. Broad-spectrum sunscreen helps protect your skin against the sun’s two types of rays: UVA (the ones that can cause visible signs of aging) and UVB (the ones that can produce sunburn of your surface skin). You can also try a moisturizer formulated with broad-spectrum sunscreen, like the L’Oréal Paris RevitaLift Bright Reveal Brightening Day Lotion SPF 30.

The Skin Cancer Foundation states that you should apply an ounce of sunscreen (two tablespoons) to your entire body 30 minutes before going outside. That’s about a shot glass worth of sunscreen—don’t skimp out! The FDA says you should apply liberally to all uncovered areas, paying particular attention to your nose, ears, necks, hands, feet, and lips (go ahead and throw a lip balm formulated with SPF in your tote!). And if you’re going to be engaging in some outdoor activities, reach for a product that is formulated with broad-spectrum coverage that is also designed to be water-resistant.

This one’s for the guys: Not much hair? The FDA suggests applying sunscreen to the top of your head or wearing a hat.

4. Reapply at least every two hours. Sunscreen isn’t a one-and-done product. If you’re spending an extended amount of time in the sun, you need to keep it on hand so that you can use it throughout the day. Also keep in mind that if you’re swimming (hello, pool!) or sweating, you should reapply immediately after you emerge from the pool or wipe off your sweat, according to the FDA.

What to Do if You Have a Sunburn

Even the most diligent person can end up sunburned—it happens. That being said, there are steps you can take to help care for sunburned skin. For starters, if you’re outside and realize you have a sunburn, head indoors pronto to avoid exposing your skin to any more sun. Then, keep things cool. The American Academy of Dermatology says that one of the simplest ways to help get relief from the pain of your sunburn is by taking frequent cool baths or showers. Reaching for a moisturizer formulated with aloe vera is also a good option. Most commonly, it’s used to help provide soothing relief for sunburns.

The bottom line: Taking sun protection measures—including wearing broad-spectrum sunscreen, limiting your time in the sun, and covering up—are super-important, rain or shine. Now that you know what to do, you’re ready to go have some summer fun—while staying sun safe, of course!