Although most of us are aware of the dangers of the sun, not enough of us are (A) using the proper protection; or (B) using the proper protection the right way.

It’s not rocket science, really, it’s not. It’s just a matter of knowing the facts and following the rules:

That’s because it takes about 15 minutes for sunscreen to absorb into your skin. If you wait until you’re outside, there’s a period where your exposed skin will be unprotected.

Use enough

The average adult needs at least one ounce for adequate coverage. That’s about the amount you can hold in your palm or will fit in a shot glass.

Use it often

Sunscreen’s protection wears off. To ensure protection, reapply at least every two hours or more often, especially if you’ve been swimming or sweating a lot.

Use it all over

Don’t forget areas like your neck, face, ears and the tops of your feet and legs (common places for skin cancers to develop). For out-of-the-way areas like your back, enlist the help of another person or use a spray (if you can reach where you spray, rub it in to ensure even coverage). If your hair is thinning, don’t forget your scalp—or wear a hat. A wide-brimmed hat can also offer extra protection for your face and neck. Make sure you protect your lips with a lip balm containing an SPF of at least 15.

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Woman applying sunblock.
Woman applies suncream – 15 Dec 2016

Use it even on cloudy days

You may not notice the sun on a cloudy day, but the sun’s rays do get through the clouds, and you can get burned even if it’s not sunny. (That can happen in the winter, too.) Up to 80 percent of the sun’s harmful UV rays can penetrate your skin on cloudy days. Be sure to take extra caution when you’re around snow, sand and water, because they reflect the sun’s rays.