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We’ve been told over and over again how important sunscreen is. Most of us listened, and use it. But are you using it right?

The American Academy of Dermatology Association offers five tips to help keep you covered and smothered (with sunscreen!).
  1. Make sure you are using an SPF of at least 30.
  2. Apply your sunscreen BEFORE going outside. Sunscreen takes time to absorb into the skin, so if you’re putting your first layer on when you are already in the sun – it’s too late!
  3. Apply ENOUGH sunscreen. Adults need about 1 oz of sunscreen usually – that’s the size of a shot glass.
  4. Apply sunscreen to all skin not covered by clothing. Pay attention to forgotten areas like your neck, ears, face, the tops of your feet and legs. And don’t forget your lips. They need SPF of at least 15.
  5. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or immediately after you swim or sweat.

People who burn often do so because they haven’t applied enough sunscreen or they didn’t reapply properly.

Make sure you and the ones you care about are covered (in sunscreen) this summer. Read more here.