And now for the less doomy and gloomy stuff. No pain this time, but specially for fans of 50 Shades of Grey in case that’s disappointing: there will be slapping.*
The usual recommendation is that you shouldn’t rely exclusively on sunscreen for sun protection: cover up (clothes), wear a hat, seek shade, wear sunglasses. That is:
- and slide
I usually do the slopping first, that way I’ve got a layer of sunscreen that goes beyond the edges of clothes. If you put on sunscreen after clothing, you run a greater risk of missing those border regions. And, depending on the sunscreen you’re using, of getting sunscreen on your clothes. If using an avobenzone/Parsol one, that can mean staining.
Meet Sid the Seagull c/o the original (I think?) Australian “slip slap slop” ad, from Cancer Council Victoria:
And from their successor/current incarnation SunSmart, the more recent version with the addition of “seek and slide”:
* Adding: for the record, I am not a fan. For an alternative, more intellectually sophisticated, and saner approach to issues of freedom, see Thor and assorted superheroes, Übermenschen, and/or Menschen (cos a Mensch is über anyway) vs. Loki in The Avengers.