After a long, dark, and cold winter, what could instill more cheer into our lives than the sun? As the days become longer and brighter, all we want is to stop everything we’re doing to just simply exist outside and bask in the first golden days of the season.
However, while the sun has its way of bringing on the cheer, our relationship with it is a bit more complicated than we may like it to be. In honor of National Sunscreen Day this Saturday, we wanted to reiterate the importance of protecting ourselves against the sun’s harmful rays, and the role SPF plays in this.
While some may swear by wearing an appropriate amount of sunscreen every single day, others skimp on it—if not skip it completely. Whether you neglect to wear daily protection (especially on the face) or show up to the beach sans a water-resistant formula only to leave resembling a lobster, protection from the sun isn’t something to be ignored.
So, what do we really need to know about sunscreen—other than we like when our friends help slather it on us, though not until we throw down our beach blankets to claim our territory? Well, for starters, which sunscreen is right for you. Do you want physical or chemical one? Titanium dioxide or oxybenzone? And, is it really possible to actually ingest your SPF as some claim?
Don’t worry, we didn’t know all of the facts either (and some of us may be guilty of forgetting to apply sunscreen on the regular, too). We reached out the experts to fill us in on all we need to know about the subject, so we can go about our Memorial Day Weekend, summer, and the rest of our lives protected from any harmful rays and feeling safe to enjoy the bright, beautiful summer ahead.