Now that summer is here, it’s time to hit the beach! Of course, the beach is a classic hot spot to not only get tanned – but also burned. Sunburns are more than just a source of temporary discomfort. Prolonged exposure to ultraviolet radiation can cause premature skin aging and even skin cancer.
Defend yourself at the beach this year, by using these sunscreen tips to protect your skin:
- Know the difference between chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens, which offer different UV filters and require differing application processes.
- Be sure to cover all exposed skin – even your toes, ears, and as much of your scalp as you can.
- Consider wearing loose clothing when outside the water, or look into a floppy, brimmed hat.
- Check the expiration date on your sunscreen. There is a very good chance that expired sunscreens will not work. It’s worth it to pitch the old and buy more.
- Set an alarm on your cell phone to remind you to re-apply sunscreen every couple of hours, even if you haven’t gotten in the water.
How do you protect yourself from the sun at the beach? Please, let us know in the comments.