by Lexi Petronis
I know you know that sunscreen is important--not just during the summertime but all year round. Now, the FDA has come out with new guidelines about what to use and even how to put it on.
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1: Use an antioxidant serum before putting on sunscreen. Many sunscreens contain zinc oxide, which may produce free radicals--molecules that damage your DNA--when they're out in the sun. Experts say that zinc oxide is safe, and it's OK to keep using it; ultimately, UV rays are more dangerous than free radicals. But to get the most out of your sunscreen, put on an antioxidant serum in the morning, which may help fight free radicals (there are even sunscreens with antioxdants in them already!).
2: Put on twice as much. One ounce of sunscreen--about what it takes to fill a shot glass--is considered enough to cover your full body. But now, guidelines suggest you put on two shot glasses' worth. It's easy to slap it on and miss a lot of body parts (haven't you ever ended up with random patches of burnt skin?). Using twice as much will help ensure that you're covering your entire body.
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3: Don't towel off after getting out of the water. Sunscreens may be water-resistant for 40 to 80 minutes, but they're never waterproof (the FDA will now no longer allow a sunscreen to be labeled as such). When you towel off, you're basically taking all the sunscreen off. So instead, try letting the water bead up on your skin-docs say it'll preserve the sunscreen and even keep you cooler, longer.
Are you an avid sunscreen user? How often do you reapply?
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by Lexi Petronis