Active sun protecting ingredients in sunscreen are made to last up to three years. So you should be safe, right? But there is a catch. For example, if your sunscreen has been in hot elements such as in your car for a day, the ingredients that are supposed to block your skin from the sun will actually start to break down. So if your sunscreen has been in your medicine cabinet or somewhere in your house in a cool place, those bottles from last year are just fine to use this year. If you found a bottle of sunscreen in your glove box in your car and you are assuming it was from last summer, toss it. It’s not worth the risk of a sunburn in order to find out if that sunscreen is still good. The majority of people use far too little sunscreen. Imagine a shot glass full of sunscreen–that’s how much you should be putting on your body and at least teaspoon on your face alone.
Sunburns most occur in the following places: tops of feet, tops of eyes, between your eyes, ears, neck, and scalp. And yes, even those with dark skin can get a sunburn. When you think of how we apply sunscreen, it makes sense! Just make a note of those places and be sure to apply plenty of sunscreen. Nothing is worse than a sunburn on the top of your feet from a weekend outside when you have to put your shoes on to go to work come Monday. Most people don’t reapply sunscreen often enough. You should be reapplying every 90 minutes to two hours at the most. You need to reapply sunscreen after swimming and sweating. If you can’t seem to remember to reapply sunscreen set a timer on your phone so you can remember.

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