How To: Apply Sunscreen

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Remembering to apply sunscreen is only half the battle. In order to make sure you’re fully protected, there are certain rules you need to follow. We teamed up with Julie Blecker of Chicago Cosmetic Surgery and Dermatology to shed light on proper sunscreen application.

  1. Apply a thin layer over the body. You need 2 oz or about a shot glass’s worth to get a proper coating.
  2. Don’t forget to get the tops of your hands and feet as well as your scalp. They’re easy to forgot but aren’t immune to the sun’s rays.
  3. Kiss tanning oils and low numbers goodbye. The American Board of Dermatology recommends at least an SPF of 30.
  4. If you’re at the beach or going to be outside all day, make sure to reapply every two hours.
  5. Remember to wear sunscreen every day, even in the winter. Apply it to any exposed areas such as the face, neck and chest.

An added tip: Pay attention to that expiration date. Replace your sunscreen every year and make sure to keep it in a cool, dark place if possible.


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