While choosing the best sunscreen is important, perhaps even more crucial is using it correctly — something a lot of us don’t do.

Sunscreen is best applied before going outdoors and before planned activity. Once outdoors, it is best to reapply sunscreen again following swimming or participating in an activity where you may sweat. Although some sunscreen products claim they remain effective after swimming, it is always best to reapply sunscreen after drying off. The FDA defines water-resistant sunscreen as meaning that the SPF level stays effective after 40 minutes in the water. Sunscreens are in no way waterproof, so you’ll need to reapply them regularly after you take a dip.

Don’t forget that wearing a hat and sun glasses with UV-A and UV-B type filtering and some type of clothing is always recommended which is more effective than just sunscreen alone. Enjoy the beautiful Michigan summers safely!

Category: Outdoor Summer Safety