5 Most Common Sunscreen Mistakes To Avoid This Summer

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5 Most Common Sunscreen Mistakes To Avoid This Summer

Sunscreen will help you better protect your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause as much damage from sunscreens to sun poisoning. In fact, sunscreen can greatly decrease the chance you will get health conditions such as malignant melanoma or various types of skin disease. Recent studies have also shown that skin cancer directly links to overexposure of the sun without any protection. We've put together a man's guide to sunscreen and outlined five of the most common sunscreen mistakes people make each year to help you protect your face.


5 Common Sunscreen Mistakes


Not Using Sunscreen Until You're Already Exposed

Believe it or not, sunscreen takes time to fully absorb into the skin. So, before you head outside, give yourself up to 15 minutes to make sure your sunscreen layer is ready to start protecting your skin before stepping into dangerous UV rays. Also, it’s important to remember to keep on reapplying every time you notice substantial sweating or if you submerge your body in water. The golden rule to reapply is every two hours to prevent yourself getting burnt.


Relying Solely on Sunscreen

Although sunscreen is a great product to use on your skin to protect it from damage, you should also use it in partnership with these key things: - Stay in the shade while you’re outside and avoid going outside from the hours of 10 am to 4 pm since that’s when UV rays are strongest. - Skip on tanning beds and sunlamps since they can cause the same amount of damage of UV rays, or more. It also contributes to skin cancer, discoloration, spots, and wrinkles., - Wear sun protective clothing outside to further protect yourself from UV rays. Although sunscreen is strong, it’s not a bad idea to add an extra layer of protection to avoid any damage to your skin. The two most important items of clothing to wear include sunglasses and hats since the sun affects your eyes and head the most.


Choosing a Toxic Sunscreen

Always check your sunscreen labels before you buy them. Discounted or cheaper sunscreen can do far more harm that good to your skin, especially if they’re full of toxic ingredients. These harmful ingredients include vitamin A and Retinyl palmitate can cause a load of damage to your skin when applied and used in direct sunlight. Instead, opt in for ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc.


Choosing a Sunscreen With The Wrong SPF

This is one of the most common sunscreen mistakes. When you look at the label on your bottle of sunscreen, there is a lot of information to take in. Before you apply your sunscreen, make sure it offers: - Broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays - Active protection - Water resistance - An SPF between 30 and 50 The SPF is the most important number when it comes to sunscreen. The higher the number, the more protection it provides. However, this is only true to a point. New research has found that sunscreens with higher SPFs over 50 are not actually better. They mislead people into thinking that they are more protected than they are and they often have a bad balance of UVA and UVB protection. Find a sunscreen with an SPF of no more than 50.


Using Expired and Old Sunscreen

Yes, sunscreen does expire! When sunscreen gets older, the formula starts to clump or separate in the container. This also happens when it is exposed to a lot of changing temperatures, like when you take it from your house to the beach and back again. When sunscreen is in this condition, it will not apply evenly to your skin, thus rendering it ineffective. Shake your sunscreen before you use it to mix up any separation that may have occurred. You should also throw out any sunscreen that has passed its expiration date. Sunscreen generally lasts three years, so if you have had a bottle for longer than that, toss that out too.


Bonus Tip:

Additionally, try to keep your sunscreen in a temperature controlled environment. Keep it in your bag instead of in your hot car. If you notice any clump or oil in your sunblock, throw it out. Sunscreen is one of the best ways we can protect ourselves from the dangers of the sun. Be sure to keep these 5 common sunscreen mistakes in mind when you are heading to the beach next.


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