Summer is in full swing, meaning you are sure to be heading outdoors to soak up some rays. While most of us are good about applying sunscreen when outside for long periods of time, we must not forget that it must be reapplied frequently—and that UVA/UVB protection isn’t only for summer!
Reapply Your Sunscreen When
When you will be outside for long periods of time, you must reapply:
- Every 2 hours when sunbathing, or exposed to the sun
- Every hour when swimming, sweating, or wet
- Every 4 hours, even when not in the direct sunlight
Yes, Sunscreen Degrades
While it is easy to forget, we are exposed to the sun every time we walk outside during daylight hours. This includes when you walk to and from your car, when you’re out during your lunch break, or even when you are sitting indoors in the sun. This means that to protect your sun from harmful UVA/UVB rays you must apply sunscreen each and every day.
This is easier than ever, because many daily body lotions have UVA/UVB protection built in. Just don’t forget to reapply, because your SPF protection degrades every 4 hours.
When applying sunscreen, don’t forget to apply to the often forgotten hands, feet, ears, and lips.
Enjoy the sun, just don’t forget to protect your skin!