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Why I use SPF in Santa Fe NM at my spring break vacation

Updated: Mar 6, 2023

In Santa Fe, New Mexico, springtime can bring beautiful weather and an opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors. However, with the high altitude and sunny weather, it's important to protect your skin with sunscreen.

Here are some things to keep in mind when choosing and applying sunscreen during springtime in Santa Fe:

1. Choose a high SPF sunscreen

Santa Fe high altitude means that UV radiation is more intense compared to areas at lower elevations. This means that even on cloudy or overcast days, your skin is still at risk of sun damage. It's recommended to choose a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor (SPF) of at least 30, and reapply every two hours or after sweating or swimming.

2. Look for broad-spectrum sunscreen

UV radiation is composed of two types of rays: UVA and UVB. UVA rays can cause skin damage and premature aging, while UVB rays can cause sunburn and skin cancer. To ensure that you are fully protected from both types of rays, look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

3. Apply sunscreen generously

To get the full protection of your sunscreen, it's important to apply it generously. Apply a quarter-sized amount to your face and a shot-glass sized amount to your body. Make sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin, including your face, neck, ears, and the tops of your feet.

4. Reapply sunscreen often

Sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours or after swimming or sweating. In Santa Fe, the high altitude and sunny weather mean that you may sweat more than usual, so it's important to be mindful of reapplication.

5. Use other forms of sun protection

In addition to using sunscreen, it's important to take other measures to protect your skin from the sun. Wear protective clothing, such as long-sleeved shirts and hats, and seek shade during the sun's peak hours, typically from 10 am to 4 pm.

In conclusion, protecting your skin with sunscreen is crucial during springtime in Santa Fe. Look for a high SPF, broad-spectrum sunscreen, apply it generously and often, and use other forms of sun protection to keep your skin healthy and protected. Enjoy the beautiful weather and outdoors while keeping your skin safe and healthy.

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