Sunscreen Smarts

What, where, when, why, how

From the LifeMinute.TV Team

June 7, 2021

Wearing sunscreen is crucial everyday. Unfortunately, most people are putting it on wrong. Here are the musts to know when applying it.

What: The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using an SPF of 30, which blocks 97 percent of the sun's UVB rays. Look for a sunscreen that offers protection against UVA and UVB rays and provides broad-spectrum coverage. On hot days, go for water-resistant formulas. If you want a chemical-free option, go for a mineral sunscreen that reflects UV rays instead of absorbing them.

Where: The back of the neck, ears, and tops of your feet are often forgotten.

When: At least 30 minutes before heading out or being exposed to sunlight. Even on cloudy days, the sun's harmful rays peek through. Rays can also penetrate windows, so be mindful if you're sitting near one, even indoors or inside your car.

How: A shot glass full is generally enough to cover the average body. Apply small dots of sunscreen on dry skin and spread it gradually with the palm of your hand. Re-apply it every two hours or immediately after swimming or sweating.

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