The calendar says it’s still spring, but the blazing sun and 85 degree temps say it’s summer! This is a great time to discuss the five most important summer sun safety tips.
Sun Block 101– Don’t even think about leaving the house without sun block. The SPF, however, is negotiable. If you have pale, freckly skin, you will probably need around a 50 SPF. If you have more olive tones to your skin you can probably get away with a 25 SPF. Even people with dark brown skin should use sun block, but a much lower SPF is needed, somewhere around a 10-15.
Apply early and apply often– Sure you can put our sun block on before you even put your swimsuit on, but that doesn’t mean you’re done. You need to re-apply sun block every hour. Even if your lotion says waterproof or sweat proof, you will still need to reapply after these activities. I know it’s a pain, but so is skin cancer.
Take a shot! I know it seems excessive, but the proper amount of lotion to cover your whole body is about what can fit in a shot glass. Slather it on and keep slathering until it is almost all absorbed into the skin. Too little product won’t protect you fully.
Be Floppy– If you’re going to be out for long periods of time, sun block may not be enough. Thrown on a big, floppy, straw hat to shield your face. While skin cancer is the main concern, we also want to protect our face from the sun to prevent premature wrinkles and other signs of aging.
Peepers Too– It is important to protect your skin, but it is also important to protect your eyesight. Wear sunglasses at all times when out in the sun. Sunglasses are so chic that this shouldn’t get in the way of your fashion game. Be sure to get enough SPF on your face so you don’t get sunglass tan lines a la Kim Kardashian. This isn’t good for her skin and isn’t good for her image either.