3 things you probably didn't know about sunscreen

Taryn's Wreckreation Guide

April 25, 2018

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Sunburn season has officially started in Seattle and it definitely caught some of us off guard. I have already seen a few red necks and crispy scalps around town, so it's time to brush up on our sunscreen knowledge. 


Thanks to my Swedish/Scottish heritage, I have been a bit of a sunscreen obsesser for most of my life. Check out some sunscreen facts you might not know...


1. Sunscreen expires! Many sunscreens are meant to last for three years at their advertised SPF, but my general rule of thumb is to get new bottles of sunscreen every year. 


2. You need to put it on WELL before you go into the sun. Often times we are slopping or spraying on sunscreen as we are stepping into the sunshine, but you should be applying about 30 minutes before you plan to be in the sun to give the product time to work into your skin. AND, you should be reapplying at least every two hours, even more frequently if you are sweating or after you've been in the water!

Among the most common mistake is not reapplying the sunscreen. And leaving out the back of the neck and ears!

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3. The SPF (sun protection factor) of a sunscreen indicates the level of protection you're getting vs. no sunscreen. For instance, if your sunscreen says SPF 50, you're 50 time less likely to get sunburned than if you were wearing no sunscreen. Keep in mind that this varies from person to person because some skin types are more likely to burn than others! For instance, SPF 15 is NOT adequate for me on most occasions :) 


Enjoy the return warm weather and stay safe in the sun, Rockaholics! 


Happy Adventuring,


Taryn Daly