Sunscreen Mistakes to Avoid in the Summer

Even if your walk to work is a mere 10-20 minutes, you can’t risk exposing yourself to the sun’s rays unnecessarily. Many people believe it doesn’t matter if you don’t use sunscreen because you’ll be going indoors soon anyway, but those 10 minutes directly under the harmful UV rays of the sun are enough to cause significant damage to your skin. From skin cancer to photo-aging, there are significant harmful effects of the sun’s rays that many of us are not aware of.

Let’s go over the most common mistakes people make when it comes to sunscreen.

Time

In our fast-paced world, everyone is in a hurry to get things done, and sometimes this means that we end up putting on sunscreen when we’re already out in the sun, or just before leaving. You’d think you’ve done your part, but SPF takes about 30 minutes to get absorbed into the skin, so if you don’t apply it at least 30 minutes before leaving, your skin is still at risk of damage!

Re-Use

Reusing products is fine – as long as you’re doing it right! If you’re too lazy to get a new bottle, you might end up using the same SPF you’ve been using for the past year, and don’t even realize that the effectiveness of the ingredients has probably long since deteriorated. On top of that, if you haven’t been storing it correctly, you might end up using expired sunscreen, which can do more harm for your skin than good.

Relying Only on Sunscreen

SPF is important, yes. But it’s not the only thing you need to avoid the sun. In fact, even sunscreen can only just reduce the penetration of UV rays and not avoid them completely, so if you’re exposed to the sun for very long periods of time, you’re still at risk. Keeping a hat or umbrella with you to avoid the sun’s rays can help.

SPF

The common misconception about SPF is that higher is better. What many people don’t know is that there isn’t much of a difference. SPF 30 can provide about 98% protection, and if you double that, you can add about 1 percent more. That isn’t all that much and definitely not a good way to spend your money! Using SPF 30 products, regularly and wisely, and reapplying after you’ve sweated it off can provide you better protection than using a higher SPF and relying just on that.

Using It Only on Sunny Days

You might think because the sun is hiding behind the clouds, you’re safe, but you may not be! Clouds aren’t able to keep all the UV rays from hitting the ground, and you never know when you’re exposed to them since they’re invisible. On top of that, sometimes clouds reflect the sun’s rays and make the risk of sun damage even higher than it would be otherwise, so foregoing your SPF is not an option.

 

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