The Sins In Applying Sunscreen

We all here it over and over again – wearing sunscreen is all the more important these days (pollutions and sunrays is scarier and much more intense than ever) and did you wonder if you’re doing it right? Look through these checklists and see if you’re guilty in one or two (hopefully not all of it!) sins in applying sunscreen.

Mistake number one will obviously be in not applying enough sunscreen (I don’t know, perhaps the tube you’ve purchased is way expensive for your wallet). The fact is, you should not be stingy when using them. Applying liberally should be follow to the book with a dollop in the size of a nickel is for the face, each arm; quarters for torso and back, while two quarters for the legs.

Another peeve in wearing sunscreen is not applying them often enough – ladies, if you’re planning to hit the beach all day you need to apply every couple of hours with more if you want to get into the water.

Applying the sunscreen is not as simple spreading them all over the skin; you need to pay close attention to your scalp, ears, lips (using a lip balm, that is), as well as applying a bit as close as possible to the eyes. Lip and eye cancer is currently on the rise and I’m sure that you wouldn’t want to be in the statistic.

When it comes to applying sunscreen, the right way is to use it before you put the clothes on, and that includes a bathing suit as well. Usually a sunscreen needs at least 20 minutes before it get settle well on the skin’s surface – keep that in mind for an ultimate protection.

You’re not wearing a sunscreen because you have dark skin? Wrong. You still need one – the myth that darker skin tones don’t need any sunscreen is just a myth. In fact, it’s actually harder for you to detect early signs of cancerous moles unlike fairer skin tones.

Heading out while not wearing high enough sunscreen is also a big no-no. A good number would be waterproof with at least SPF30 (coupled with broad protection of UVA and UVB), especially if you have pigmentations or has a history of skin cancer.

Oh dear, how stingy can you be when a 4-year-old sunscreen still in your medicine cabinet? Apart from the manufacturer’s expired date printed on the tube, good sunscreen is only effective within one year of use. Hence your best bed to write the date on the first day you opened the cap.

Keep in mind when buying your next tube of sunscreen – look out for formulations containing titanium dioxide and zinc oxide as they block both UVB and UVA rays. UVA is a bit dangerous as it increases your risk for skin cancer.

If you’re guilty either one or all of the sins listed above, don’t feel ashamed; instead feel a bit relieved that you don’t have to repeat the mistakes in the near future!

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