With summer in full swing, how are you doing on keeping your skin healthy from the sun? It can be easy to lose track of time out in the sun (as well as your sunscreen). Keep your skin happy with my 4 sunscreen tips for summer! And be sure to check out my other tips on keeping your kids safe in the sun.
5 Sunscreen Tips for Summer
1. Pick the right sunscreen for the day.
If you’re going to be in the water, make sure you choose a water resistant sunscreen. If you’re like my active husband, who loves to go running in the middle of the day, choose a sunscreen that won’t sweat off and feels light weight.
2. Make sunscreen a daily habit.
There’s nothing worse than trying to get out the door only to realize you have to spend another 15 minutes slathering yourself and your kids in sunscreen. Why not make it an automatic habit, just like getting dressed or brushing your teeth. It will ensure everyone’s skin is protected and you won’t have to interrupt your attempts of getting out of the house.
3. Reapply every 2 hours when outside.
I live by this rule religiously. However, my husband took the kids to a water park earlier this summer and didn’t insist on reapplying their sunscreen every two hours. What happened? Let’s just say the kids are not fighting us anymore when we say it’s time to reapply the sunscreen!
4. Use a higher SPF than you think you need.
Especially if you are near water or snow, which reflects the light, choose a higher SPF than you think you need. Snow and water intensify the sun and can make you burn even faster than you’d expect. Besides, it’s better having a slight sun-kissed look from wearing a higher SPF than crisping yourself into a lobster.
5. Make sure your sunscreen is handy.
This may seem like a no-brainer; however how many times have you gone to put on sunscreen only to not be able to find it? We keep a central basket in the downstairs pantry as well as the upstairs linen closet where we always know the sunscreen will be. We also keep a bottle of sunscreen in our beach bag (and any other bag we use on a regular basis, including my sons’ day camp backpacks). This way, if we run out of the house without putting on sunscreen, we know we always have a bottle on hand.
At the beginning of every summer, I purchase multiple bottles of sunscreen and stock up the entire house. We always go through whatever I purchase, so nothing goes to waste.
WHAT ARE YOUR SUNSCREEN TIPS FOR SUMMER?