Put your sunscreen on! At this point we all know the dangers of unprotected sun exposure. Its a simple understanding: bare skin + sun = wrinkles, bad sunburns, dark spots, and the worst skin cancer. So, wearing any SPF sunscreen is better than not wearing it.
SPF stands for sun protection factor not how strong it is. It measures how much time you spend in the sun without getting the infamous sunburn. Example, you put on SPF 30 you'll have around 300 minutes of protection. What's important is how you apply your sunscreen correctly with the right amount. So, 1 ounce for your body and 1 tsp for your face. If you are going to be in the sun all day make sure to re-apply even after taking a dip in the water or enjoying sitting in the sun.
Here are easy tips to follow:
If you often forget to re-apply sunscreen after 2 hours, the best tip is go up in SPF. A sunscreen with SPF 40+ can keep you safer for longer periods of time.
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Your sunscreen can protect you from two types of UV rays: UVA which can lead to skin cancer formation and UVB which causes sunburn.
Another reminder to re-apply, the very best thing to do for skin and your health. Nothing is 100 percent, not even sunscreen. It does wear off after a few hours. Make to sure to re-apply every 2 hours as recommended.
My favorite sunscreens:
Blue Lizard Active Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunscreen SPF 30
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40 (face)
Paula's Choice Youth Extending Daily Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 50 (face)