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Correct Sunscreen Application: What you need to know


Correct Sunscreen Use

Correct Sunscreen Application: What you need to know

You might be surprised to learn that many of us don’t use the correct sunscreen application. Although we’re often told to apply it before heading outside, the instructions usually stop there. As a result, many people who use SPF 50 still end up with sunburns or tans.

Today, we’re changing that. Let’s dive into why we often apply sunscreen incorrectly and how to fix it.

Common Mistakes in Correct Sunscreen Application

First off, almost 100% of people who haven’t been properly educated apply sunscreen incorrectly. Here’s what they usually miss:

  • Too little: Most people only dab a little sunscreen on their skin, which is not enough to fully protect themselves.
  • Too infrequent: If you apply it just once, you should only stay outside for about an hour. After that, it’s crucial to reapply.
  • Missed spots: It’s tough to cover every spot when you’re applying it yourself, but missing spots means you’re unprotected.

Understanding Sunscreen vs. Sunblock

Have you ever mixed up ‘sunscreen’ and ‘sunblock’? You’re not alone. However, they’re actually quite different:

  • Sunscreen needs application 20-30 minutes before you go out as it absorbs UVA rays into your skin.
  • Sunblock, on the other hand, works immediately and blocks both UVB and UVA rays. However, it washes off more quickly and needs frequent reapplication.

The Risks of Incorrect Sunscreen Application

Using sunscreen incorrectly can actually increase your risk of skin cancer. This risk comes from believing you’re protected when you’re not, leading you to stay out in the sun too long and absorb more UV rays than you should.

How to Make Sure You Are Using the Correct Sunscreen Application

If you want to get it right, here’s a simple guide:

  • Shake the bottle: Make sure the contents are well mixed.
  • Use one ounce: That’s about a shot glass worth to cover an adult’s body.
  • Cover all skin: Don’t forget places like ears, neck, back, behind the knees, and legs.
  • Reapply often: Start with a light application after 30 minutes and do full applications every two hours.
  • Reapply after activity: If you towel off, swim, or sweat, it’s time for another full application.

Sunscreen While Sun Tanning

Even if you’re tanning (or aiming for a tan), always wear sunscreen. Use a tanning sunscreen to manage UV ray absorption safely. Alternatively, consider tanning indoors and applying strong sunscreen whenever you go outside.

Opting for Sunless Tanning

To completely cut the risk of skin cancer, go for sunless tanning and top it off with sunscreen each time you step out. Sunless tanning provides the look of tanned skin without the risk of overexposure to UV rays especially for skin type 1.

Conclusion: Take Control of Your Skin Health

Now that you know the correct sunscreen application process, you can enjoy the sun safely. Remember, correct application is key to effective skin protection. Start applying these tips today and keep your skin healthy and beautiful!

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