1. Use a generous amount (2 tablespoons or more) of water-resistant sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 15 all over. The sunscreen should be applied 30 minutes before heading outside and reapplied every two hours (or every hour in southern states) and after swimming or sweating excessively.
2. The sun is strongest between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so try an early morning or late afternoon trip to the beach.
After years of caring for skin, Downie has developed a few favorite suncreens for different occassions.
Downie prefers the Skin Medica SPF 50 for the face because she said it "rubs right in, is non-greasy and will not block your pores or break you out.
Skin Medica Environmental Defense Sunscreen SPF 50
M.D. Forte Sunblock SPF 30
Aveeno Positively Ageless SPF 90
Whether you're swimming or chasing after a volleyball, Downie likes Neutrogena Sport Spray SPF 70 to protect your body. "It's thick and clings to sweaty skin but does not need to be reapplied during and after all activities like most other sunblocks," she said.
Ocean Potion SPF 50 or Above With Antioxidants
Neutrogena Sport Spray SPF 70
Downie prefers Aveeno Babies SPF 55 for use on kids because it is hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and non-irritating even to sensitive skin. "I still use this on my daughter and she's 7," she said.
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