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- Choose the broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. SPF should be optimal for your skin type, but doctors recommend using a minimum SPF of 30.
- Apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out and reapply regularly while staying in the sun, especially after you get wet. If you’re sweaty, rub yourself off with a towel.
- If you can’t avoid staying in the sun for a long time or during the midday hours when the rays are the strongest, it’s better not to rely on just sunscreen. You should cover yourself with clothing and wear a hat. Dark clothing can block more sunlight than lighter colored items can.
- If you failed to prevent a sunburn, there are some natural remedies that can help you soothe the skin and relieve pain when applied. The best are yogurt, cool milk, mashed cucumber or aloe. You can also take a bath with a cup of apple cider vinegar in it.