Laying on the beach…Relaxing by the pool…Summer just isn’t complete without days spent catching some sun, am I right? But with that comes the inevitable suntan—or if you’re unlucky—sunburn (ouch).
Bronzed skin might complete your summer look, but we’ve scoped out some facts from the Skin Cancer Foundation that’ll make you want to slather on some more sunscreen. Let’s get to it.
Laying out the facts.
- 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime.
- UV rays are a proven carcinogen, and your risk of developing melanoma doubles if you’ve had more than 5 sunburns.
- About 90% of skin aging is caused by the sun.
- People who use a sunscreen with SPF 15 or higher daily show about 24% less skin aging than those who don’t.
So what’s a fun-in-the-sun lover to do?
We have a few tips for a burn-free summer, so don’t even think about skipping the sunscreen!
- Remember these easy-to-miss spots. Your scalp, lips, ears and tops of your feet often go unnoticed when slathering on the SPF.
- How much suncreen do I need? You don’t need to overdo it. An ounce of sunblock is a good place to start—just make sure you have a layer over all of your exposed skin.
- Sunburns can occur when you least expect them. Sunburn often occurs when you least expect it—like on overcast days or when you’re only outside for a bit. Mix in some sunscreen with your daily moisturizing lotion, or find moisturizers and makeup that already have SPF in it. Get proactive!
- Reapply. Reapply. Reapply. Sunscreen won’t last forever, especially when you’re jumping in the ocean, getting sweaty, or getting in and out of the pool. Trust us, it’s worth it to reapply the goopy stuff.
- Keep these peak hours in mind. The sun’s rays are strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Plan accordingly!
- Don’t forget your eyes. Believe it or not, your eyes can burn too! Sunglasses are a must.
Now that you have the facts and the tips, get ready for a fun summer in the sun (without the burn, of course!).