By now we all know that we should use sunscreen everyday to reduce the risk of skin cancer, prevent wrinkles, dark spots and aging. Yet people who do follow this daily make some serious mistakes. Here are some common sunscreen mistakes to avoid this summer.
1. Long usage of same bottle
With sunscreens, the expiration date is extremely important. The ingredients in sunscreen that offer protection tend to deteriorate over time and hence offer less protection. Also exposing your sunscreen to hot temperatures or leaving it out in the sun can reduce its effectiveness. Read the storage conditions carefully for best results.
2. Apply in less quantity
It is said that ideally you should the amount of sunscreen applied on your body should be equal to the amount contained in a shot glass. Don’t forget your face though. If you use a lesser amount of sunscreen than this you may not face painful sunburns but you will be not be getting the benefits of the protection offered by the SPF in the sunscreen.
3. SPF in makeup
While the two-in-one foundation with SPF would sound really great, it isn’t. The reason being we do not apply that heavy makeup in summers to provide the protection that sunscreen would offer. Also makeup tends to wear off during the day. Hence, whether your foundation has SPF or not, you need to apply sunscreen everyday.
4. Reapplying is important
You did apply your sunscreen before stepping out of the house. However the protection offered only stays for the next two hours. Therefore you need to re-apply the same amount of sunscreen you had initially applied. Also do remember than water-resistant is not the same as waterproof. Hence re-apply it after getting out of the pool.
5. SPF myth
SPF in the sunscreen protects you against the harmful UVB rays of the sun, which causes sunburns. It however does not protect you against UVA rays that are responsible for aging. Both UVA and UVB cause skin cancer. Hence try and avoid direct exposure to the sunlight as much as possible. Read more about SPF here. The best sunscreens to buy are the broad spectrum ones which offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays.
6. Sunscreen spray
Sprays are a awesome as they are easier to apply and don’t have the distinct odor. However sprays can give uneven coverage so once sprayed, rub the surface to have an even application.
7. No usage
Irrespective of your skin tone everyone should use a sunscreen. Use at least SPF 30 on your body irrespective of your color.
8. Not applying when indoors
Even if you are indoors, you should apply sunscreen. The harmful UV rays of the sun can penetrate the glass windows causing discoloration and pose harmful skin risks.
9. Only apply on exposed areas
Your clothes don’t protect you from the harmful rays of the sun. You should apply sunscreen on your entire body irrespective of whether it is covered or not.