Be sure to apply the sunscreen properly.
Always follow the label directions. Most recommend applying sunscreen generously to dry skin 20 to 30 minutes before going outside so your skin has time to absorb the chemicals. When applying it, pay close attention to your face, ears, hands, and arms, and generously coat the skin that is not covered by clothing. If you're going to wear insect repellent or makeup, apply the sunscreen first. For high-glare situations, a higher SPF sunscreen or zinc oxide may be used on your nose and lips.
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Use a sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 15 or higher
Read the labels
Be generous with sunscreen
Wear a hat
Wear sunglasses that block UV rays
Limit direct sun exposure during midday
Avoid tanning beds and sunlamps