Everyone knows by now that the sun can cause irreversible skin damage and that could put your life at risk. This alone is enough reason to make suntan lotion your best friend. With today's sun-obsessed culture, it's tempting to let the UV light cascade across your bare skin and give you that deep, bronzed tan you see in all the magazines. However, even though tanned celebs always look like they've been vacationing in the Caribbean, the truth is that they use sunless tanning products to get their look and drown their skin in sunscreen when they're actually out in the sun.
Who can blame them? Nobody wants signs of premature aging to ruin their cover-ready faces. Although it sounds tedious and impractical, wearing high SPF suntan lotion every time you step outdoors is one lesson you should definitely take from Hollywood. After all, once you get into the habit of substituting your moisturizer with sunscreen, keeping your skin young, healthy, and unwrinkled will be easy.
Regular Use: The best way to get used to using sunscreen is to do it everyday. Cover any parts of your body that are exposed to the sun as part of your daily routine. Use a moisturizer with a high SPF for your face and buy makeup with SPF protection. The skin on your face is more sensitive than anywhere else on your body and can be damaged more quickly. Even if you don't usually like anything on your face, get an oil-free suntan lotion, specially made for the face, and use it everyday.
Purse: Keep suntan lotion in your purse at all times. To make this more practical, fill a small moisturizer bottle with the product and keep it in your makeup bag. This way, you can refresh your coating whenever you leave the office for lunch or a coffee break. If you're going to be out in the sun all day, reapply your suntan lotion regularly.
Car: Keep a bottle in your car for those impromptu beach trips. Summer especially is a time for adventure and unplanned fun, so it is best to be prepared.
Home: Always have fresh bottles of sunscreen in your home. Suntan lotion DOES EXPIRE and can even start smelling bad. Usually, after a year of sitting in a bottle it becomes less effective. Check the expiration dates on the bottles.
There you have it. Use it regularly and you can make suntan lotion one of the best friends you've ever made.