Thursday, August 04, 2011

The Most Important Thing to Know About Sunscreen

What is the most important thing you need to know about sunscreen?  Is it the SPF?  The higher the better, right?  Whether it blocks UVA or UVB rays, or both?  That is contains ingredients like Mexoryl SX or avobenzon?  And what do those even do, anyway?

Nope, I'd say the most important thing you need to know about sunscreen is to apply it - and remember to re-apply it! Swimming, sweating, and just generally spending time in the sun wash away your sunscreen and lower the effectiveness.  So, applying sunscreen in the morning is a good thing, but if you go out canoeing all day and don't re-apply, this is what can happen:

Pain!  For days. Then, you turn into a reptile of some type and get all scaly and start shedding your skin.

We've been using a lot of aloe gel around here.  More you need to know about sunscreen.

1 comment:

  1. I sympathize. I got a terrible burn on my arms last weekend. Ugh.


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