The sun’s out and that means it’s time to load up on the sunscreen. And if you haven’t been using sunscreen well then you better start NOW.
I don’t care if it’s cloudy out and you can’t see the sky until you have landed in Mexico or Hawaii. You need to be wearing sunscreen 365 days a year, rain or shine. Not wearing any sunscreen or wearing it only when they are in the sun or going to be at the beach. Even when you are sitting by a window or driving in your car ray’s from the sun can still touch and reach your face and body.
People assume that a higher SPF means they can stay out longer in the sun. False. As the number of SPF coverage gets higher and higher, the difference becomes very little.
Probably one of the biggest mistakes people make with sunscreen is not putting enough on. If you are putting the right amount of sunscreen on, you should be replacing your sunscreen several times during the summer. A golf ball sized amount of sunscreen is enough to cover your entire body. According to Readers digest, “That translates to using between one-quarter to one-half of an eight-ounce bottle—per person—during a long beach day. Research shows most people apply only 25 to 50 percent of the amount of sunscreen used during testing, which means your actual SPF coverage is about one-third of what’s on the label. (In other words, an SPF 30 is only as strong as an SPF 10 if you don’t apply it thoroughly).”
A mistake that is related to this is not reapplying. Putting sunscreen on once in the morning or before an outdoor activity is not enough. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours.
Another common mistake is putting on expired sunscreen lotion. Expired sunscreen is no longer effective because the chemicals become inactive. If you have a bottle that has been stashed in your trunk or glove compartment toss it because heat causes the active ingredients to break down and become ineffective.
What sunscreen mistakes have you made?
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