It’s easy to get excited and forget about applying sunscreen when the beach is waiting for you to dive in. Heed these reminders so you can always keep your skin thoroughly protected:
1. You don’t apply it naked. It’s best to apply your sunscreen while you’re in your birthday suit—not after putting on your bikini. UV rays can still penetrate through your clothes, so apply it even in the areas that will be covered.
2. You slap it on while you’re at the beach. Most sunscreens need to be applied 15-20 minutes before you’re exposed to the sun. This way, your skin will have enough time to absorb it and give you the protection it promises.
3. You’re being matipid. Now’s not the time to scrimp on application. To cover your entire body, you need to use about a shot glass full of sunblock. For your face, neck and ears, you should be using about a teaspoon.
4. You don’t reapply. Don’t be lazy. Every time you step out of the water, you will need to slather on another layer of sunscreen. Don’t plan on taking a dip? Then set your phone alarm to make sure you reapply every 1.5 to 2 hours.
5. You’re only using SPF. SPF only protects you from UVB rays, which is what causes your skin to turn red or feel burnt. Read the label and make sure that the bottle you’re buying says broad-spectrum or contains the PA symbol to make sure that it’s also protecting you from UVA rays (these are responsible for aging).
6. You don’t remove it with makeup remover. One of the reasons why people breakout with sunscreen: they only use soap and water to wash it off. Unless you’re using one that’s water-based, then it’s best to use a makeup remover to make sure that your skin is clear of the all oils and pore-clogging residue.