We know you’ve got other things on your mind this season (such as the crashing waves in front of you and the warm, white sand below you), but being out and about in the sun requires you to be extra attentive when taking care of your body’s largest organ.

No matter how much we nail it home to you guys, you won’t always come prepared to every situation with a full line of sun protection products. Going to the beach is one thing, but what about those days where you unexpectedly spend way more time outdoors than you originally planned? It may not necessarily be easy to plan for every situation, but there are fall-back solutions you can implement if you’re ever stuck in a sunscreen draw.

There’s nothing better for your beauty routine than a day (or a few) at the beach, but not every consequence of having some fun in the sun will necessarily be a welcome addition to your sun-kissed veneer.

Unless you’re lucky enough to be spending all day lounging beach or poolside, chances are you may run across the small (yet circumstantial) dilemma of when to apply sunscreen to your face.

Most of you know that you should always wear sunscreen (whether or not you actually do is another matter entirely). But there are other things to keep in mind as you apply before heading out the door, and they could make the difference in your overall sun protection.

It’s one thing to want to look like the queen of the jungle with an enviable Amazonian tan, but no one wants to emulate the zebras or tigers who make such a stunning addition to the landscape otherwise. So what’s a gal to do?

Everyone grows up with the sunscreen mantra, so much so that it is an ingrained practice in our culture to always lather up when poolside or beachside. But how many of us are aware of all those other moments we spend in the sun?

By now, it’s probably ingrained in everyone that sunscreen is the name of the game. Since day one, we’re lectured to never go to the beach without it, and some particularly health-conscious folks won’t even get the mail without a touch of SPF.

Even if some of us don’t make it to a dermatologist on a regular basis, we can still benefit from expert advice geared to help us combat skincare woes that many of us invariably end up facing.

You know your skin is sort of a big deal – it is the biggest organ on your body, after all, and having an out-of-this-world glow can make the difference between feeling beautiful or just so-so.

By now many of us are aware of the dangers of tanning, and often opt for safer methods of achieving the same sun-kissed glow. Self-tanners and spray tanning products are now being endorsed by professionals, who want us all to know that we’ll look that much sexier for taking care of our bodies.

If you’re one of the lucky few escaping from the torrent of winter storms to a warm vacation hotspot this season, consider yourself blessed. You may be arriving at your tropical destination with a less-than-beach-goddess glow, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find much reason to complain.