Everyone feels as though they use common sense when they apply sunscreen. For instance, we all know that if we are going to be outside for a long time in the summer, we should apply sunscreen. However, you may be surprised that most people don’t know how to apply sunscreen properly. There are many little details to get right to ensure you are having success with your sunscreen and prevent that pain sunburn. Check out our 3 tips for applying sunscreen so that you and your family are fully protected from the sun.
Apply More Sun Screen Than You Think
Studies have shown that people generally apply a thinner layer of sunscreen than would be recommended. You want to go for a layer that would equate to around 2 milligrams of sunscreen per square centimeter. Most people apply half of that. However, this basically means that if you apply twice as much sunscreen to your skin than you normally do, you’re bound to be covered. Or, put another way, use one ounce of sunscreen for your entire body and a quarter teaspoon for your face, each time you apply. When you use enough sunscreen on your skin you will be protected from harmful UVA and UVB rays.
Cover all Exposed Skin
This might seem like a rather obvious tip, however you might be shocked that most people do not cover all of their exposed skin all of the time. This is especially true when people reapply their sunscreen later in the day. People generally reapply to the areas they know they burn. However, everywhere does need to be covered for optimum sun protection. Remember to apply sunscreen to your scalp, ears, hands, and the tops and bottoms of your feet.
Remember to Reapply Sunscreen Often
One of the biggest sunscreen faux pas is forgetting to reapply your sunscreen. Remember to reapply your sunscreen every 2 hours. Putting on sunscreen once in the morning will not protect you for the rest of the day because the sunscreen ingredients lose effectiveness rather quickly. It is important to remember that sunscreen wears off. This is especially true if you have been in the water because it fades away faster. Furthermore, there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen, only water-resistant sunscreen. Keep that in mind and you might remember to reapply more often.
Another reapplication point, sunscreen takes 30 minutes before it is fully effective, even if you have a layer of sunscreen on already. Be sure to reapply with that timing in mind, or you might end up getting burnt in those 30 minutes you’re waiting for your sunscreen to become effective.
SPF is Not Enough
While it would be great if sunscreen lotion could protect you from the harmful rays of the sun on it’s own, that just isn’t a reality yet in this world. Remember to pair your sunscreen with hats and long, loose, clothing that can protect your skin.
Oh, and just because you’re wearing a hat or long sleeves, or sitting in the shade, does not mean you can get away with not wearing sunscreen. You will still need to apply sunscreen, because UV rays can get through most fabrics and shade.
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Originally posted 2015-07-30 07:21:07.