Cathryn Ilani Sun Protection

Fun in the sun is a way of life, especially if you live in a state that’s famous for its sunny climes. America’s full of great sunny getaways from sea to sun-drenched shining sea; from Florida’s famed Spring Break destinations to the California beaches beloved by the Beach Boys and countless pop acts since.

That being said, nothing kills fun in the sun faster than suffering a nasty sunburn or worse, putting yourself at risk for skin cancer. Young people, in particular, have a bad habit of merely soaking up the sun, UV rays and all, without a care as to the consequences – until it’s too late.

That’s why, if you’re on the younger side, you’ll want to avoid these common sun protection mistakes.

SPF and Makeup

We all know that the SPF label on a bottle of sunscreen indicates how much protection it’ll give you. But makeup has SPF levels as well, so shouldn’t that be enough? The answer is no. Apply your sunscreen, wait at least ten minutes, and then apply your makeup so as not to smudge it.

Going with Clothes Alone

If you wear clothes that cover your skin, that’s just as good as sunscreen, right? Wrong. Some clothing, especially the kinds you might wear during summer, is too light and thin and thus hardly offers any protection against the sun’s harmful rays.

Cloudy Days

When you peek your head out and see clouds outside, it can be tempting to say that it’s not worth it to slather on the sunscreen. However, that isn’t the case. While those clouds may block some of the heat and sunshine from filtering down to you, they won’t block the UV factors which are responsible for causing skin problems.

Not Reapplying during the Day

OK, what if you just apply sunscreen once during your trip to the beach? Again, no. As you should be able to tell by now, cutting corners with sunscreen is not a good idea. On a sunny day at the beach, one application of sunscreen won’t last all day, especially if you go for a dip in the ocean.

Enjoy fun in the sun the safe way with these sunscreen tips