5 Sunscreen Tips for Water and Active Play
3. Reapply, reapply, reapply.
All sunscreens should be reapplied at least once every two hours, but reapply more frequently when swimming or sweating. When your water-resistant sunscreen reaches the end of its effectiveness, either 40 or 80 minutes, reapply. Add a fresh coat after every towel-dry.
4. Give your sunscreen a head start.
You should always apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before exposing skin to the sun. This is especially important when water is involved. Wetness can wash away sunscreen before it’s had a chance to absorb. When reapplying, slather sunscreen on dry skin whenever possible.
5. Don’t rely on sunscreen as your only line of defense.
Whether playing sports, hitting the beach, jumping in the pool or running through sprinklers, sunscreen alone cannot provide adequate protection from sun damage. Wear hats, sunglasses, sleeves and pants. Look for shade. Avoid midday sun. Remember, sunshine reflects off surfaces, so sun exposure can be more intense near water.