Hooray! That long, cold winter is finally over, and we just can’t wait to hit the beach, pool, and park. But before rushing to get outside, we wanted to refresh our sun-safety savvy. Here’s what we’ve learned:
- To keep sunburns at bay, stick to the shade during the sunniest part of the day (midmorning to late afternoon).
- Use sunscreen every day (and make sure it has an SPF of at least 15+). Apply liberally and reapply every two hours, as well as after swimming or sweating.
- Accessorize with a brimmed hat and sunglasses.
- Wear clothing that keeps your legs and arms covered whenever possible.
Clothing can vary in the amount of sun protection it provides. Items labeled with a UPF rating are numbered to gauge their ability to block out the sun.
How does it work? According to our friends at Snapper Rock, it has to do with the density of the fabric and the type of fibers (nylon and elastane block a lot of UV light). Darker colors are most effective, but at Snapper Rock even white fabrics block 98% of harmful rays.
For more information about sun safety, visit the CDC online.