Healthy Lifestyle Challenge #18 – Lather Up!

Hopefully the sun is shining and you are getting outside for some fun and fresh air today!

TODAY’S CHALLENGE is to:

Wear sunscreen.

Why?

Most of us know that our skin is venerable to sun damage and skin cancer. However, many of us put on too little (or no) sunscreen, leaving us only partially (or not at all) protected from the suns harmful rays.

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How?

Here are some quick tips to help you properly apply your sunscreen:

1. Shake the bottle well before you squirt any sunscreen out. This mixes up all the particles and distributes them evenly in the container.

2. Most adults should use about 35 ml or 1 oz. of sunscreen to cover their whole body and an additional 5ml just for your face. That’s the same amount that would fit into a shot glass. It’s also about the same as an adult handful. Remember, most people don’t apply enough sunscreen. It’s OK to use more than you think you should.

3.Apply your sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun. This gives the ingredients time to attach to the skin.

4. Cover all of your skin that’s exposed to the sun. This includes your back, ears, behind your knees and your legs.

5. Some studies say it’s a good idea to reapply your sunscreen after you’ve been in the sun for 30 minutes. This makes it more likely you’ll get the places you might have missed.

6. Reapply sunscreen as soon as you get done swimming, toweling off, or sweating heavily. Yep, the whole 1 oz.

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So lather up and get out there and enjoy the sunshine!

Have a great day!

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