You’ve heard a million reasons why you should wear sunscreen. But here are some things you may not know.
Medicine could leave you with a burn.
Common drugs like ibuprofen, antihistamines, and some antibiotics can make your skin more sensitive to the sun.
So your sunscreen won’t be as effective.
If you have a headache and need to take something, don’t rely on only sunscreen. Stay in the shade.
Your eyes can get sunburned, too. This can cause long-term damage to your eye.
UV rays can cause the lens in your eye to become cloudy.
Sunglasses can do more than make you look cool at the beach, they can save you from cataracts or even melanoma down the road.
Finally, you might be putting on your sunscreen wrong.
Apply it about 15 minutes before going out.
Most people rub it in, but the most effective way is to leave a thin film on your skin and let it sink in on its own.
Use about a shot glass worth of lotion.
Enjoy the sun! For WebMD, I’m Dr. Michael Smith.