Avoid These Sunscreen Mistakes For a Healthy Summer

Summer is a wonderful season with long days and warm nights, but it’s not without its fair share of threats to a person’s health. As the weather warms up, so does the likelihood of getting a sunburn. Most of us will experience a few sunburns in our lifetime, which is already bad news for our bodies. However, even just one instance of prolonged exposure to the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays can have serious and problematic consequences on a person’s health and wellness. Do the best thing for your skin’s health by making sure to use sunscreen every day, and apply it in the correct manner for optimal protection against the sun. As long as you follow these basic steps, you’ll have a much better chance at staying clear of some of the sun’s most harmful effects on the body.

Using Too Little

This may come across as obvious, but it still remains a big problem for many of us: We simply don’t use enough sunscreen for it to really have any benefit to us. If you’ve ever slathered some sunscreen on only to end up coming home from the beach with red shoulders, you’ve probably been guilty of this even if you don’t realize it. An easy way to remember the minimum amount of sunscreen you need is to use the amount that would fit into a shot glass on all areas of the skin which will be exposed to the sun. Also be sure to apply at least one full teaspoon of sunscreen onto the face. 

Using a Spray

You may be wondering how to apply this information if you tend to use spray sunscreen. When it comes down to it, your best bet is to use lotion sunscreen, so you’ll be able to more clearly see how much you’re using. If you must use a spray, apply very liberally, and rub it into the skin even if the directions say it isn’t necessary.

Applying at the Wrong Time

Timing is everything, and this is especially true when it comes to applying sunscreen. It’s recommended that you apply a sunscreen with an SPF factor of 15 or higher at least 15 minutes before you’ll be exposed to the sun. This means applying sunscreen in the house as you’re still getting ready to leave for the day. Applying in the car doesn’t count, since you’re already exposed to the sun.

Follow these simple skincare rules for a safe summer!

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