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Are you applying your sunscreen correctly?


Applying sunscreen seems pretty basic and intuitive, right? Apparently not. Most of us do not apply enough sunscreen or are applying sunscreen incorrectly. The FDA recommends that you:

  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before you go outside. This allows the sunscreen (of SPF 15 or higher) to have enough time to provide the maximum benefit.

  • Use enough sunscreen to cover your entire face and body (avoiding the eyes and mouth). According to the FDA, an average-sized adult or child needs at least one ounce of sunscreen (about the amount it takes to fill a shot glass) to evenly cover the body from head to toe.

  • Reapply at least every two hours, and more often if you’re swimming or sweating.

And don’t forget these frequently forgotten spots:

  • Ears

  • Nose

  • Lips

  • Back of neck

  • Hands

  • Tops of feet

  • Along the hairline

  • Areas of the head exposed by balding or thinning hair

Use sunscreen, in addition to hats, sunglasses, lightweight clothing, and limiting time in the sun, to be sun-smart and stay sun-safe. Everyone, no matter their skin color, is susceptible to the sun’s damaging rays.


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