Protect Your Skin at Sea

By: Joe Thompson

Sunburns suck, especially when you're on vacation. While it seems odd to talk about them during winter, you can still get sunburned while skiing because higher altitudes and reflection off the snow create a greater risk. Plus, there are many guys going on gay cruises at this time of year as well.

Unfortunately, even with the basic information that we all supposedly possess, we often purchase the wrong sunscreen or fail to use it correctly. So with that in mind, we turned to fitness specialist Bob Bonham, founder of the Strong and Shapely Gym in East Rutherford, N.J., for tips on sunscreen use:

(We also added a couple sexy photos because we know you guys are visual learners. You're welcome.)

__Toweling-off •Apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher about 30 minutes before exposure to the sun to allow time for your skin to absorb the sun-protective compounds.

•Budget or generic brands of sunscreen are just as effective as brand-name products with the same SPF.

•Reapply sunscreen after exercise or swimming, even if the product claims to be "waterproof." Technically they're "water resistant," and both towel drying and perspiration will remove these products.

•Don't forget to apply sunscreen on overcast days; 80% of the sun's damaging rays are still present even when it's cloudy.

•The recommended amount of sunscreen to apply is approximately 40 milliliters, or about a handful.

•Though it's doubtful you'll be on a kid's cruise, remember a child's skin, particularly babies, is more sensitive to the sun than an adult's, so be sure to use sunscreen with higher SPFs on them.

•Sunscreen not only prevents sunburns, but also premature aging. Sun overexposure is the main cause of wrinkles, so do it for your vanity if nothing else.

You and your skin are going to be together for a very long time, take care of it!

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