Question:  When applying sunscreen, should you rub it in so it’s invisible, or leave it as a white coating (not quite as stylish)?

Answer: Well, it depends on the type of sunscreen you are using. Most spray-ons will rub in invisibly. But if you are using a white lotion, especially one containing physical UV blockers such as titanium dioxide or zinc-oxide, or any of those labelled “water-resistant,” they may go on much thicker (or whiter) no matter how much you rub because they are meant to stay on top and provide a layer of protection.

A new online survey of adults nationwide by the American Academy of Dermatology found that most people only apply 25 to 50 percent of the recommended amount of sunscreen. The recommended amount is to apply one full ounce of sunscreen for the entire body, or enough to fill a shot glass. And this amount should be re-applied every two hours.

My personal opinion is the whiter it looks the more it’s got you covered, plus you can easily see areas you missed like neck, ears, legs and feet. You’re right, not quite as stylish now, but you’ll be avoiding a painful sunburn, premature aging and that pesky skin cancer!

Who’s for the “white” look on the beach?