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Are you protected from the sun?


While the proper use of sunscreen isn’t exactly rocket science, most people are doing it wrong. So many people spray on a thin layer of sunscreen just minutes before jumping in the pool, and what’s worse is that they don’t reapply after hours in the sun. As a result, 42% of adults in the U.S. report getting a sunburn at least once a year.

All these sunburns add up to serious skin damage. Skin cancer is the most prevalent type of cancer in the U.S., and it is almost totally preventable if you take the proper measures. For starters, apply your sunscreen at least half an hour prior to sun exposure. Use 1 tablespoon for your face and ¼ cup on your body, put it on before any other products including makeup, and use lotion instead of spray whenever possible.

Follow these precautions and take the time to educate yourself about proper sunscreen use. You could literally be saving your own skin! Also, check out this infographic to learn more about the importance of sunscreen.