Break for Spring

It’s springtime and that means spring break! Many spring break destinations are somewhere tropical or snowy. In either situation, it’s important to use your sunscreen. You can get burned no matter the temperature. So suit up (ski or swim—your choice) and take these tips with you.

SAND

Water Resistant vs. Waterproof: According to the American Melanoma Foundation, water resistant sunscreen means the sunscreen maintains its SPF level after 40 minutes of water exposure. Waterproof means the SPF level is maintained after 80 minutes.

Tip: No matter whether you’re in the sand or snow, maximum exposure to UV rays happen between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., so take an hourly break from the sun, use an umbrella, or find another way to avoid the burn!

Tip: If you choose to cover up with a cotton shirt, one that is dyed and thicker will give more protection than a white shirt.

100: Percentage of UV radiation that is reflected from water.

SNOW

Remember: The sun’s rays can be reflected off the snow and, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, that reflection is almost double the strength in terms of UV rays. Also the higher you climb, the stronger the rays.

Tip: Stick to sunscreen sticks for sensitive areas.

Tip: Water-resistant sunscreens will stick with you better in the presence of snow powder and/or sweat.

Don’t forget the lips: Even your lips need a protectant of at least SPF 30.

Tip: Find other ways to block rays from the sun, like using a handkerchief, face mask, or neck gaiter.

Use a sunscreen (preferably organic) that contains an SPF of 30 or higher. Just like on the beach, sunscreen should be applied every two hours.

80: Percentage of the sun’s rays that can penetrate through clouds.