Buy new sunscreen. If you’ve been using the same bottle of sunscreen for the past three summers, it’s time to buy a new bottle. The expiration date really does matter, and out-of-date sunscreen is less effective and can be contaminated by germs that have made their way inside the bottle.
Don’t get hung up on high SPF. You don’t have to pay more for the bottle of SPF 65 for better protection. Most experts agree that an SPF of 30 when applied appropriately will block about 96% of sunburn-causing UVB rays.
Moisturize! Load up on moisturizer during your week at the beach. Sun damage causes premature aging, so don’t be afraid to moisturize twice as often as you do during a normal week at home.
Don’t be stingy. In the case of sunscreen, less is not more. Experts say there is no such thing as too much, but a good rule of thumb is to make sure you cover your entire body with enough that it has to be rubbed in.
Don’t count on waterproof. Always, always, always reapply when you get out of the ocean or the pool. While the bottle may say “waterproof” or “sweat-proof,” it’s not a sure thing. Better safe than sorry.
Don’t rely on sunscreen alone. There is more than one way to protect your skin on spring break. You are most likely to get sunburned between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m., so if you can plan indoor activities like shopping, tours, sightseeing, etc. between those hours, do so. Also, wear hats, use beach umbrellas and avoid products like bronzers and baby oil.
Think zinc. Be sure to look at the label when you’re choosing your sunscreen, and look for one that includes physical sun blockers like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. These ingredients provide a safe barrier between your skin and harmful rays. Brush On Block® Broad Spectrum SPF 30 mineral powder sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide for full coverage sun protection. It also contains green tea extract and safflower seed oil, both of which help moisturize, and chamomile and honeysuckle to help prevent skin inflammation and irritation.
Whether your spring break will consist of bikinis, parties and booze or toddlers, sandcastles and family, everyone’s spring break agenda should include sunscreen. A relaxing week of sand and sun is the perfect cure for overworked parents and sleep-deprived college students alike, but many people forget to practice proper skincare in all the fun and fuss. Consider these tips to make your spring break fun, safe and burn-free!