Everyone knows how to apply sunscreen, but have you ever imagine if you’re using it in a right way? Is your sunscreen giving you adequate protection? Although many of you might find it simple and boring, let’s begin it anyway.
Choose a Sunscreen
Yes, first step is to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen that can protect both UVA and UVB rays. It is wise to choose a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above. Look for sunscreen with active ingredients containing physical blocker like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide and chemical blockers like avobenzone
Shake well before use
Always remember to shake the bottle well before you use, just to make sure that all the particles are mixed up evenly in the container.
Try before you use
You may try small portion of your sunscreen around your wrist to make sure you are not allergic to it.
Apply 30 minutes before sun
Apply your sunscreen at-least 20-30 minutes before going out into the sun (or as directed by the manufacturer). This will give enough time for the ingredients to attach to the skin and shield your skin from harmful rays. Apply it in adequate amount covering all your exposed parts. Most people don’t apply enough sunscreen, don’t be greedy in applying sunscreen, more won’t harm. Do not forget to apply on lips, ears, back of the neck, hands and feet. To get adequate protection you should apply at least an ounce of sunscreen.
Repeat every 2 hours
Repeat sunscreen every 2 hours, some experts says to reapply every 30 minutes to make sure you’ll not miss any places, resulting in total protection. Reapply sunscreen immediately after swimming, toweling off, or sweating heavily.
Watch out for expiration
Most sunscreens that may or may not be labeled with expiration date have around 3 year’s shelf life. Sunscreens that expire before 3 years are usually labeled with expiration date. After its expiry date sunscreen starts to degrade and separate and is less effective. You may notice crystals or clump separated with water after your sunscreen expires.
How Can I Maximize My Sun Protection?
- Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen. Reapplication is as important as first application
- Avoid sun tanning and tanning beds
- Look for broad-spectrum and higher SPF
- Try to minimize excessive sun exposure during mid-day (10am to 3 pm).
- Always wear protective clothing, hat and sun glasses during the day.
- Most of the sunscreens are not water proof as they claims, so reapply sunscreen after activities like swimming and sweating.
- Insect repellents can reduce a sunscreen’s SPF by up to one-third. If you are using a sunscreen and insect repellent together, use a higher SPF and reapply more often.
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