Sunscreen should be a no-brainer, right? According to Amanda Friedrichs, MD, FAAD, a board-certified dermatologist, “People who get sunburned usually didn’t use enough sunscreen, didn’t reapply it after being in the sun, or used an expired product.” To make sure fun in the sun stays, well, fun, we’ve got some helpful SPF hints.
• Choose sunscreen that has an SPF of 30 or higher, is water resistant and provides broad-spectrum coverage.
• Apply sunscreen generously before being outdoors. It takes approximately 15 minutes for your skin to absorb.
• Use enough. Most teens need at least one ounce of sunscreen, about enough to cover your palm, to fully cover all exposed areas of your body.
• Don’t miss a spot! Remember your neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and lips. To protect your lips, apply lip balm with SPF of at least 15.
• Reapply sunscreen at least every two hours to keep skin protected, or immediately after swimming or excessively sweating.