Are You Making These Sunscreen Mistakes?

Even though summer has already passed, it is important to still lather on sunscreen every day. Lathering on sunscreen lotion should be a daily habit no matter what the season may be. Not only can the sun’s UV rays damage the skin and cause premature skin aging, they can also cause skin cancer.

When it comes to sunscreen, the first mistake is not applying any. Since most of us spend time outdoors we are sure to get exposed to the sun’s UV rays. Even when indoors UV rays can still penetrate through windows and mirrors causing skin damage. The sun’s UV rays are also reflected by ice therefore sunscreen lotion is still essential even during the colder months. Unprotected sun exposure increases your risk of skin cancer and premature skin aging.

Although a number of people are aware of the importance of wearing sunscreen, this fact does not make us immune to making mistakes when it comes to using sunscreen. There are common mistakes in using sunscreens and these mistakes can be detrimental to the health of the skin. What are these sunscreen mistakes? Let’s find out!

Common Mistakes in Sunscreens

  • Using the same bottle for too long or beyond its expiry date. Sunscreens have an expiry date for a good reason and it is important that you check your bottle’s expiry date before lathering on the sunscreen on your skin. If the sunscreen is already expired, it won’t offer much protection. This is because the active ingredients in sunscreens are time sensitive or in other words these ingredients deteriorate over time.
  • Keeping the bottle open. If you keep your bottle of sunscreen open it is prone to getting contaminated with germs. Sunscreens have preservatives that protect them against contamination. However when the bottle is kept open overtime, the preservatives are compromised. Most bottles of sunscreens also come with storage recommendations and ignoring these recommendations is another mistake. You may find it convenient to just throw in your sunscreen bottle in your beach bag or in a trunk but when exposed to high temperatures, sunscreens lose their effectiveness.
  • Using only a tiny bit. When it comes to sunscreen you’ll need to make sure that all of your skin is lathered on evenly. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that less is more. This does not apply to sunscreens. In fact there is no such thing as too much of sunscreen. So if you think that you still need to lather on more sunscreen, go on ahead.
  • Lathering on sunscreen only at the start of the day. It’s good that you’re lathering on sunscreen before heading outdoors in the morning but forgetting to reapply after sweating and after being outdoors for about 2 hours is also another mistake. This is because the skin uses up the active ingredients in sunscreen and over time the protection these ingredients offer to the skin wears off. Sweat and water makes the wearing off faster.

Avoid these sunscreen mistakes to ensure that your skin stays protected from the harmful effects of UV rays all throughout the year!

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