Help Avoiding Sunburn in Hawaii
August 20, 2013 6:44 PM Subscribe
I have a trip to Hawaii planned. The last time I was there, the sun seemed much stronger than I'm use to in California, and I tend to burn even under the best circumstances. It being vacation, I'll probably be outside more often the normal and maybe even wet more often than normal. What's the best way to avoid getting burned?
posted by willnot to health & fitness (37 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I know a big part of this answer is probably sunblock, but even when I've worn sunblock, I still get burned. Probably I'm putting it on incorrectly or not often enough.
I think SPF 30 means you can be in the sun 30 minutes longer (right?). If I apply it every 30 minutes, does that mean I can be in the sun forever and not get burned, or is there a diminishing point of return to SPF? A previous question said you're supposed to apply every 2 hours or after getting wet, but do you have any other tips? What do you do about the residue from the sunscreen on your hands and not wanting to get that stuff on clothes or cameras? Is that even worth worrying about or no big deal?
I can wear a hat too, but any other tips that allow me to be out and comfortable without having to worry much about the sun?