During the warmer months, everyone wants to be outside, and for good reason! But, unfortunately, too much of a good thing isn’t always good for you. In fact, sunburn can lead to very serious and potentially irreversible damage to your skin.
Use this sunscreen Q & A and easy relief cream recipe to ensure that you get just the right amount of vitamin D this summer.
Who should wear sunscreen?
- Everyone—regardless of age, gender, or race.
- Sunscreen protects you from the sun’s ultraviolet rays, which can help prevent skin cancer.
- According to statistics, an estimated one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in his or her lifetime.
What type of sunscreen is most beneficial?
- Broad-spectrum protects against UVA (rays with the longest wavelengths) and UVB rays (rays with the shortest wavelengths).
- SPF (Sun Protection Factor) 30 or higher.
- Water resistance—for up to 40–80 minutes of protection.
When should I apply sunscreen?
- Every day—UV rays are present throughout the year, even on cloudy days.
- Sand, snow, and water reflect the sun’s rays, increasing the need for sunscreen.
How much sunscreen is necessary?
- 1 ounce is the amount that is needed to cover exposed areas.
- A nickel-sized dollop should be used just for the face.
- If using the spray sunscreen, apply until an even sheen appears on the skin. Be mindful not to apply the spray outdoors, since it can blow away.
How often should sunscreen be applied?
- Apply sunscreen to dry skin 30 minutes prior to going outside.
- Reapply sunscreen every two hours, or sooner if in water.
- If skin starts to become pink, reapply right away, using a generous amount.
DIY Soothing Cream
Cool the burn from too much sun with this easy and homemade skin moisturizer.
- Mix ¼ cup of both coconut oil and aloe vera in the jar.
- Add 10 drops of lavender oil and 5 drops of peppermint oil. Mix well.
Note: Since all skin types are different, test the cream on a small area of your skin to ensure that there is no reaction before generously applying all over.
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