Nothing ruins summer fun like a sunburn. Using sunscreen lets you enjoy the summer weather and avoid getting burned – but only if you use it the right way.
Here are some quick tips on how to use sunscreen to help prevent sunburn:
- Use SPF 30 or higher.
- Use one labeled “Broad Spectrum” to block all of the sun’s harmful rays.
- Use a water-resistant sunscreen if you’re swimming or sweating a lot.
- Apply sunscreen 15-20 minutes before going out in the sun.
- Reapply every two hours, or after swimming or sweating.
- Use enough to fully cover yourself. It takes about a golf ball size amount of sunscreen to cover an adult.
- If you need to use DEET, don’t buy something that combines the two. Put your sunscreen on, and then put on your bug spray.
If you do get sunburned:
- Don’t stay in the sun.
- Take cool showers or baths.
- Apply soothing lotion with aloe vera.
- Drink a lot of water.
- If you have a low fever or headache, go lie down in a cool place and take a mild pain reliever, like Tylenol or Advil.
Some sunburns can be serious. Call your doctor if you get a higher fever, start having vision problems, can’t keep fluid down, get an infection in any blisters, or if any symptoms get worse.