I’m assuming most of you (at least I hope) know all about the dangers of not wearing sunscreen. So therefore, I won’t lecture you too much about this topic. BUT
If you are pale white, like myself, it’s very important to wear, ESPECIALLY when you’re exercising outside.
Because you know what happens if you’re outside and don’t have any on or re-apply?
Yes, this is my sunburned arm from Sunday’s outdoor activities. I was outside all day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and as you can see, the sun loves me. Also you might be able to spot that nice burn line from my Boston’s Runner’s United bracelet. ….Unfortunately this was my first sunburn of the year, and I know it won’t be my last. (Pale people problems!)
Anywho…so how can we prevent sunburn?
Sunscreen of course! …but you already knew that (I hope).
But sometimes it’s easy to forget. Even when it’s cloudy out. It’s also easy to forget to reapply (guilty). So here’s my tips on what to do, so you don’t forget!
First off ask yourself these questions…
- What will the weather look like that day? Because if it will be raining all day…chances are you will need little to no sunscreen
- What time will you be outside? Usually the sun’s rays are the strongest 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. So if you’re outside before then you might not need to reapply as often. (Depending on location and weather)
- What types of activities will you be participating in? If you plan on swimming or sweating, chances are a waterproof sunscreen will work best.
- What is your skin type? This is important. If you’re pale (like me) you better be lathering SPF 30 to 50 on you. If you tan easy it’s up to you, but to be safe…SPF 30 works great!
- And last but not least...What will be covering your skin? Will you have a swimsuit on? Or maybe a hat, long sleeve, and jeans. Depending on what materials you’re wearing, you might not need to apply a lot in a specific area.
Next: Let’s talk about when to reapply…
- Experts suggests to reapply by the number of the sunscreen bottle. So what does that mean? Well…
- If you use SPF 15 you can go 15 minutes in the sun without getting burned. So in the next 15 minutes after applying, they say you should apply again. SPF 30? After 30 minutes reapply. SPF 50? 50 minutes after…got it? Okay, good.
- Also though keep in mind what activities you are participating in. If you’re sweating a lot and there’s no clouds in the sky you might want to reapply a couple minutes earlier than the SPF number. Same goes for swimming.
- If you’re going to be outside for a while, make sure you get some shade. Not only will this help prevent sunburn, but it will reduce chances of heat stroke or dehydration. …and speaking of dehydration…DRINK WATER. No not pop, lemonade, or Gatorade ..WATER. W-A-T-E-R. It’s so so so so important on a hot day. And I’m not just talking about a glass of water every hour. I’m talking about constantly hydrating.
So you’re not going to remember to re-apply or hydrate....
That’s okay! You can…
- Set an alarm. Setting an alarm on your phone can help you remember.
- Write on your hand. It works! Put ink somewhere you’re going to look! You’ll remember(:
- Watch the clock. Wear a watch and know when to reapply or hydrate.
- And if you won’t have a phone, watch, or ink…
- Just be sure to apply a high numbered SPF and hydrate before. Also be sure to hydrate after. And if you’re running or biking…Make sure to get those electrolytes! It’s so important in the summer!
Now! I know nobody is perfect. And I can tell you right now, I know I’ll be getting burned again this summer. But as long as you’re careful and aware of the sun, you will be okay. Sometimes you can feel a sunburn, and sometimes you can’t. Just make sure you always wear sunscreen…especially in the summer.
And if you do burn….
Aloe will be you’re best friend (:
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