Looking around the office today, there are a lot of beet red people after a nice sunny weekend. While most of them claimed they applied sunscreen, they didn't do it effectively.

Here are some tips on when to apply sunscreen for the best protection according to webmd.com

1. Apply sunscreen approximately 30 minutes before being in the sun (for best results) so that it can be absorbed by the skin and less likely to wash off when you perspire.

2. Remember to reapply sunscreen after swimming or strenuous exercise.

3. Apply sunscreen often throughout the day if you work outdoors, and wear hats and protective clothing.

Also you want to make sure you have the best sunscreen you can get:

  • Pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against UV-A and UV-B rays and has a sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 15.

  • Buy a brand that does not contain para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) if you are sensitive to that ingredient.

  • Be aware that more expensive does not mean better. Although a costly brand might feel or smell better, it is not necessarily more effective than a cheaper product.

  • Be aware of the expiration date because some sunscreen ingredients might degrade over time.

Make sure that you are protected when you enjoy the summer this year!