how to avoid a sunburnI’ve seen it happen a million times. My friends and I will be on a beach vacation. They’ll make fun of me for the measures I take to protect my skin. They say, “I want to get a little color!” And at the end of the first day, they are toasted. Literally. Lobster red. And I go out the next day alone, because my precautions have saved my skin from burning. I’m the only one who’s not miserable. I’ve told you how to pick a sunscreen; now I’ll tell you how to avoid a sunburn. I’m going to share my secrets with you today. This is how I avoid the burn and enjoy all the days of my beach vacation.

  • Get a good application each day before you go out. I apply sunscreen… and lots of it… before I hit the beach. Make sure you don’t miss a spot by applying sunscreen before you even put on your bathing suit. Remember that your skin starts absorbing UV before you’ve posted up, so make sure you’re ready from the moment you hit the beach.
  • Reapply every hour. Yes, it seems excessive. But if you’re sitting out in the sun, it must be done. I hate reapplying at the beach… you’re sweaty and sandy and gross. So use an aerosol spray that also has a cooling effect to get that SPF boost. You’ll cool down and keep your skin protected. I like the Neutrogena Fresh Cooling Body Mist. But make sure to pay attention to my spray sunscreen tips! Give yourself a solid spray (check this FutureDerm article for tips) and make sure to stand downwind. I once watched a loved one spray himself down, but the wind blew all the sunscreen off and back in his face. He was a lobster for the rest of the trip and completely miserable while I sat by the pool. Moral of this story? I’m always right. And apply more of your spray sunscreen than you think you need in a wind-free zone.
  • Use an umbrella. I know. It’s one more thing to carry. But I promise you’ll welcome that shade when the midday sun hits. I swear by it.
  • Keep a cover-up handy. It may make you warmer, but cover-ups can provide a little relief when your skin starts to bake. Stay outside but keep those sensitive areas covered up between the hours of 10am and 2pm (longer if you feel the heat in your skin). You can also try some of the UPF clothing. Let me know if you feel it makes a difference.
  • Wear a hat. You can glam it up with a wide-brimmed straw hat. It makes a huge difference in how much sun damage your face sees.

I love hanging out on the beach. I’m not anti-sun; I’m pro-safe sun. [Tweet this!] So I am extra cautious when it comes to protecting my skin. Make sure to follow these tips to prevent a sunburn. Nothing ruins a beach vacation like a sunburn on the first day.

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