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Know before your cruise: What's your sunscreen IQ?

 

A cruise vacation is a time to escape from your normal routine. Mornings spent swimming and lounging in the sun, instead of being stuck in traffic? Yes please! But as tempted as you may be to drop off your suitcase in your room and jump straight into the pool, it's important to practice top-notch sun protection during your trip. If not, you could wind up with a nasty burn and aging sun damage, while also putting yourself at increased risk for developing sun cancer.

Test your knowledge of sunscreen best practices with the commonly asked questions below:

1. Do I need broad-spectrum protection sunscreen?

Yes! Choose a sunscreen that says it has both UVA and UVB protection on the package. It's this damaging duo that packs a one-two punch for your skin. UVA rays are responsible for fine lines, wrinkles, and spots, among other signs of accelerated skin aging, the Mayo Clinic explained. UVB rays, on the other hand, are the culprit when it comes to the sun burning your skin. Additionally, both can cause skin cancer, so it's important to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

2. How much sunscreen do I need to put on, and how often?

One study found that the majority of people only apply 25 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. To cover the entire body, the American Academy of Dermatology advises using 1 ounce of sunscreen, which is about enough to fill a shot glass. You should reapply sunscreen every two hours, after swimming or after sweating.

3. What number of SPF do I need?

According to the AAD, any sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 is a good choice, as this level shields you from 97 percent of the UVB rays. Higher SPFs block "slightly more" of the rays, but the organization reminds you that no sunscreen out there can you defend against 100 percent of UVB rays.

Broad-spectrum protection, frequent and thorough application and at least 30 SPF - follow these guidelines to protect your skin. And to get a tan the safe way, use the California Sun Glow blush powder - it gives you a natural-looking sun-kissed glow without the damage!