Just because it’s Friday the 13th, you don’t have to go through the day worrying about bad luck. If you’re spending the day outdoors, you will experience some misfortune if you forget your sun protection. Don’t worry—that’s why we’ve created this handy list of 13 ways to stay safe in the sun.
1. Apply sunscreen 15 to 30 minutes before you head outside.
2. Reapply within the first 20 minutes of sun exposure, then every 2 hours after that. Read this blog post to find out more about how often to reapply sunscreen.
3. Reapply sunscreen more frequently if you’ve been swimming, surfing, sweating or toweling off.
4. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to the tops of your feet, backs of your hands and under straps.
5. Don’t assume that you’re completely protected from UV rays if you’re in the shade. If you can see the sun, you can get hit with indirect UV radiation.
6. Slather on sunscreen and seek shade if you’re outdoors between 10am and 4pm.
7. Add sun protective clothing to your sun safety routine. Research shows that it’s one of the best ways to save your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.
8. While you’re at it, implement a rule that everyone in the family must follow a sun protective routine before they head outdoors. This should involve applying sunscreen, wearing sun protective clothing and sporting a sun hat and protective sunglasses.
9. Wear sunscreen every day even if you’re planning on staying indoors. Some types of UV rays penetrate glass, which means that you’re still exposed in the car, sunroom or office.
10. Cover up even while you’re swimming. Swim leggings and rashguards make the perfect breathable sportswear for any outdoor activity whether you’re in the water or not.
11. Understand the UV index and what it means for you when you head outdoors.
12. Check your skin for melanoma regularly.
13. Don’t open your beach umbrella in the house if you don’t want to deal with seven years of bad luck.
Now go have fun on this Friday the 13th. (Just don't forget to pack the rabbit's foot, sage and a little salt to throw over your shoulder in case you start to feel a bad vibe.) And, of course, don't forget the sunscreen to stay safe in the sun today and every day.