7 Things You Are Doing Wrong with Your Sunscreen

Sunscreen is perhaps the most important skincare product:
and the only one you can never do without. Yet, many of us have misconceptions
about Sunscreen, an hence are not using it optimally.

Here are the top 7 things are likely to be doing which will
sabotage your Sun protection endeavors.

1) Skipping
Sunscreen Because It is Cloudy  

Ultraviolet
rays penetrate clouds. Research has shown that on a cloudy day, up to 80% of UV
rays reach the surface. This is especially true for the longer wavelength UV A
rays which have greater penetrative powers. While UVB is responsible for
immediate sunburn and redness, UVA has also been shown to increase the risk of
skin cancer and cause skin aging.

2) Applying
too little

Most people only apply ½ to ¼ of the required amount of
sunscreen. The “SPF 30” or “50” you see on your sunscreen bottle only holds
true when you apply enough: this will mean about 25ml (5 teaspoons) for all
exposed areas of the body if you are on the beach in a swimsuit. For the face
and neck alone, half a teaspoon is the right amount you should be applying.

3) Not
Re-applying

Sunscreen only works for 3-4 hours, so you should be
reapplying once every 4hours. This is especially true if you are swimming. Even
“water-resistant” sunscreens need to be reapplied every 2 hours.

4) Going
for the highest SPF and the most expensive brand

What you should be looking for is a sunscreen with SPF of at
least 30. The difference in sun protection between SPF 30 and 60 is only about
5%, so the most important thing is to apply more and to reapply often. More
expensive does not always mean better. Some brands add extra goodies and mark
up their price. Instead, go for a sunscreen with good reviews and broad spectrum
protection.

Sloane Inc Sunblock SPF 70 is a great broad spectrum sunblock with
physical blockers, suitable for sensitive skin.

5) Neglecting
the ears, scalp, lips

The ears and sides of the neck, (and the scalp in
people  with thinning hair ) are the
areas most often forgotten by sunscreen users. The lips are also often left
bare. Remember to use a lip balm with sunscreen for the lips too!

6) Avoiding
Sunscreen Because it Makes Your Skin Look White and Chalky

The white stuff in sunscreens the physical blockers: zinc
and titanium oxide. Since the old days, technology has improved. Many suncreens
with chemical blocks are now available. Even the physical blockers are more
made up of nano-particles which make them translucent and no longer white.

7) Not Waiting
15 minutes Before Going out Into the Sun

This is true for sunscreens for chemical blockers: they have
to be absorbed into the skin for 20 minutes, before you can go out into the sun,
otherwise they will not work.  Sunscreen
with physical blockers do not have this restriction. Slather them on and you
are good to go!

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