Sun-savvy: 5 sunscreen shopping tips for summer
A red lobster-like burn does not need to be a rite of passage every summer. We all know the health benefits of protecting our skin from the sun’s UV rays: It slows down wrinkles and prevents cancer. Need we say more?
We’ve learned from the mistakes in our younger years (lathering ourselves in baby oil and lying out in the sun was a big no-no!) and know that daily doses of sunscreen is a must in the summer. Here are some additional ways to protect yourself—and your family members—from the sun’s rays.
- Don’t buy clearance sunscreen! End-of-season sales might be great for scoring deals on pool toys and swimsuits. But, skip the clearance sunscreen. Sunscreen has expiration dates and becomes less effective when it’s past it’s prime. Instead, save money on your sunscreen by buying online and earning Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com at Drugstore.com.
- Apply before your leave the house. Don’t wait until your poolside or on the beach to apply your initial layer of sunscreen. You want to let the sunscreen absorb for a good 30 minutes. Even if you just plan on lounging on the pool deck or strolling on the boardwalk, shop for a “sport” or “active” sunscreen that has water-resistance (because you don’t want to sweat off your sun protection!).
- Don’t forget a hat. This is especially true for guys with thinning hair or babies with fine hair. Avoid a scalp sunburn by keeping your head protected with a hat. For the kiddos, Gap has bucket hats for boys and girls. For guys, a tropical baseball cap fits the bill and for women a floppy straw hat is exceptionally chic. (Save money at the Gap with Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com).
- Opt for a pina colada instead of a margarita. The Baylor College of Medicine found in study that limes (whether you add it to your Diet Coke, Corona or margarita) could leave your skin burning. The condition is called phytophotdermatis — and when a certain plant compound comes in contact with the skin, it can make the area light sensitive, according to research. Lime juice is a common cause during hot, summer months so the condition has been nicknamed “margarita dermatitis” by some doctors.
- Wear clothing with UV protection (or use a laundry-aid). Covering up doesn’t block out all the UV rays, according to the American Cancer Society. If you can see through a fabric, UV rays can get through, too. Brands are making clothes that are lightweight and comfortable and have add UV protection (UPF). The higher the UPF, the higher the protection. Sun Guard Protection is a laundry aid that washes UPF 30 into everyday clothing. Find added UPF protection in T-shirts, swimwear and rashguards for kids at Old Navy and earn Cash Back from ShopAtHome.com.