Summer is around the corner and that means biking, swimming, grilling out, and frequent visits to the park are on my to-do list. One thing that I really believe in is protecting myself from damaging UV Rays. When I was 13 my uncle died from malignant melanoma and I have vowed ever since to avoid tanning beds and to protect myself as much as possible when outdoors. I wear a moisturizer with SPF daily to protect my face and am pretty good about wearing sunscreen whenever I know I am going to be outdoors for long periods of time (fall and winter included).
Sunscreen is supposed to be good for up to three years after it has been manufactured. If a bottle of sunscreen is lasting three years the bigger issue at hand is that you’re not wearing enough! Be generous when applying sunscreen and make sure not to forget places like your ears, lips (look for lip balm with an SPF of 15 or higher), tops of your feet, and even your scalp (there are many sprays especially for this).
If you’re spending time in the pool, you will need to reapply every 80 minutes or so (as shown by my niece, Bella). Check out this info sheet from the American Melanoma Foundation to learn more about what types of sunscreens to use. Remember, sun protection is not limited to what you find in a bottle! Protect your eyes with a good pair of sunglasses and consider wearing a hat!