Top Five Mistakes People Make When Applying Sunscreen
Hot summer months bring a renewed awareness of the hazards of sun damage. In addition to causing painful burns and potentially fatal cancers, overexposure to the sun is proven to cause premature aging. Over time, UVA and UVB rays weaken the skin’s renewing functions, slowing down collagen production and cell turnover rates.
To avoid seeing wrinkles in your future, be mindful of the most common mistakes made when applying sunscreen:
- Waiting until you are already exposed to the sun before applying sunscreen. It takes 20—30 minutes for sunscreen to be absorbed into the skin and become fully effective. When you head outside sans lotion, you are putting yourself at risk.
- Forgetting to apply sunscreen to your ears, feet, hands, scalp, and other vulnerable areas. A burn on the top of your feet or on your scalp in the delicate skin exposed in the part of your hair is a painful reminder.
- Using an expired or insufficient sunscreen. Sunscreen loses strength over time, so it’s important to check the expiration date and buy a new bottle every year. Before purchasing a new bottle, make sure it provides protection against both short-range UVA rays known for causing sunburns and skin cancer and deep-penetrating UVB rays that break down collagen and speed up the effects of aging.
- Not reapplying. Once is not enough. You need to reapply sunscreen a minimum of every two hours and always break out the sunscreen after swimming or sweating.
- Only applying sunscreen when it’s sunny. Your skin is susceptible to sun damage regardless of the season. Harmful rays can travels through clouds and glass and even reflect off snow. Sunscreen needs to be applied daily and year-round for maximum protection.
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