When the sunshine comes out in Michigan it's guaranteed to get everyone up off the couch and head outside to enjoy our awesome state.

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You might head to a body of water to cool off or enjoy some kind of recreational activity with friends or family.

One important thing that often gets overlooked is protecting your skin from the suns dangerous UV rays.

Sunscreen 101: Experts Share How To Stay Safe In Michigan

Apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before going outdoors to allow it to absorb into the skin. This initial application is crucial for getting full protection from the start.

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Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours when outdoors, or more frequently if swimming or sweating excessively.

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The sun's rays can quickly break down the active ingredients, reducing the SPF over time.

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Use a generous amount - experts recommend using around 1 ounce (a shot glass full) to cover exposed areas of the body.

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Most people don't apply enough, which reduces the effective SPF.

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Pay close attention to easily missed spots like the ears, around the eyes, scalp if you have thinning hair, backs of hands, and feet.

These areas often get burned when sunscreen misses them.

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Reapply after towel drying, vigorous activity that causes perspiration, or anytime you've been immersed in water.

Water, sweat and toweling off can remove sunscreen protection.

Don't rely solely on sunscreen - seek shade, wear sun-protective clothing like lightweight long sleeves, pants, hats and sunglasses when possible.

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Sunscreen works best alongside other protective measures.

Now that you know what to do when enjoy some sunshine these are some great beaches to check out this summer in Michigan.

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