Look, I know and you know that you’re going to be out in the sun today, if you haven’t already been this weekend. And consider yourself lucky, because I missed one of those suntastic days dealing with “talk a big game” Hurricane Arthur who blew through and just threw some leaves around.

At any rate, you know I’m all about sunscreen, and I take every chance I can get to harp on it. Neutrogena, those of the amazing sunscreens, shared with me an easy way to remember the basics by just thinking of the red, white, and blue.

Red: avoid sunburn

  • Lotions, sprays, sticks – pick your protection! You should want to wear your sunscreen, so pick something that suits your lifestyle.
  • The number one cause of premature skin aging and skin cancer is sun exposure. That tan is not worth the damage.
  • If you don’t believe us, take this as an example: sunscreen was applied to half of this apple and left in UV exposure. Look at the difference!

White: apply sunscreen

  • 1 ounce x 2 hours = optimal protection.
  • The FDA defines a single sunscreen application for the whole body as one ounce. In reality, people do not typically apply that much, so higher level SPFs provide a safeguard against under-application.
  • According to a study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, lower SPFs provide less protection, and over time, the cumulative effect of sun exposure is significant. That’s why SPF 30+ formulas are very valuable in preventing sun damage.

Blue: take a dip with water-resistant protection

  • Selecting a water-resistant sunscreen allows you to retain the SPF value, even when wet. But don’t forget – you still have to apply every two hours, no matter what!

When I go to the beach, I always take a few different kinds of sunscreen with me. Usually there is one for my face, a spray, a lotion, a “super duty SPF”, a kids’ waterproof formula (my kids are getting too old for that “baby stuff,” but there is always someone around who is thankful for your foresight), and an adults’ waterproof formula.

And while I’m sharing beach tricks, next time you are at the beach and would like to get all that sand off of you, whip out a bottle of baby powder and shake it everywhere there is sand. Brush off. No more sand!

Also, did you know that people down here in the south swear that splashing vinegar all over your red sunburn before you get in the shower makes the sting go away? It worked for me once, and I’ve been trying to get it to work ever since. So, if you try it, be sure and drop me a line and tell me exactly how you did it. I’m determined to learn this witchcraft.

And if you doubt my wisdom on sunscreen, I invite you to download this PDF illustrating the damage sun can do. Don’t worry – it’s on an apple, not a person.

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