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10 Big Sunscreen Mistakes We All Make and What to Do Instead

by Will / July, 26 2017 01:30

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It’s easy – grab a bottle of sunscreen, slap a bit on and you’re good to go – right? Well…maybe. There are a number of common mistakes everyone makes but follow these tips and it really can be as simple as it sounds.

1) Only using sunscreen in the summer

Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Why so? Well things like snow and ice actually reflect UV rays back at you increasing the intensity. Altitude – say you’re a skier – increases UV intensity too. Plus, even if neither of those is a factor where you live you are still getting yea- round UV exposure and it’s that cumulative, lifetime of exposure that causes wrinkles, skin aging and skin cancer.

2) Not using sunblock on cloudy days

Most of us assume that if it’s cloudy or rainy we don’t need sunblock. Unfortunately that is a common misconception. In fact, the Skin Cancer Foundation says 50 to 80 percent of UV rays penetrate clouds and the World Health Organization agrees. Over a lifetime, that exposure really adds up.

3) Using an SPF below 15

We prefer SPF 30 but definitely don’t go below an SPF 15. It’s what the Skin Cancer Foundation recommends too.

4) Not reapplying often enough

The recommendation is every two hours and if you are out and about, swimming, exercising, or just sweating in the sun it’s a definite must.

5) Using too little

According to a study cited by the American Academy of Dermatology, most people only use 25 to 50 percent of the recommended amount. So how much is recommended? 1 ounce or about a shot glass full for the entire body.

6) Not using a broad spectrum sunscreen

Make sure any sunscreen you choose says “broad spectrum” on the label – our suncare products are broad spectrum. This means the sunscreen was put through testing to show it protects against UVB and UVA rays. If it’s not broad spectrum, you won’t get UVA protection. Here’s an in-depth look at the issue: Broad Spectrum Sunscreen - What It Is and Why It's a Must.

7) Relying on makeup as your primary SPF

It’s definitely tempting to use makeup with SPF as your only line of defense. Heck, it’s easy. Unfortunately, it’s not enough. For example, dermatolgists say most people would need to use 7 – 14 times the amount of foundation to get the SPF on the label. Plus, remember all those spots you don’t want to miss – how many of them are actually covered by makeup? Our article Is Makeup with Sunscreen Enough to Protect Your Skin from the Sun? looks at this issue in-depth.

8) Missing critical spots

Because sunscreen disappears, it’s hard to see where it’s applied. That means there are a number of spots folks often miss

  • Ears
  • Eyelids
  • Hands
  • Back of the neck
  • Feet
  • Hairline
  • Corners of the eyes
  • Creases of the nose

We have a few articles with more details: Applying Sunscreen, Here’s the Spots You Probably Missed and 10 Critical Spots Your Forgetting to Apply Sunscreen.

9) Applying after you go out

The rule of thumb is to apply at least 15 minutes before you head out the door. This gives the sunscreen enough time to set and do it’s job. Then reapply later – preferably every two hours.

10) Using expired sunblock

Since sunscreen should be used everyday, this shouldn’t be an issue…hint, hint. But in reality we know a lot of us have a bottle or two from last year. Make sure to check the expiration date and toss it if it’s past.

For more…

There you have it, our list of 10 common sunblock mistakes. If you want more sunscreen info, check out our Suncare Smarts Series and our skin care articles.

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