Sunscreens are the topical products, applied on the skin to reflect ultraviolet rays from sun and thus protecting the skin from sunburns. Sunscreen can be a lotion, cream or spray. Now-a-days, sunscreen use is considered important due to environmental changes as ozone layer is gradually getting thin and weak leading to a higher temperature and more sunlight penetration especially during summers. The use of sun block not only protects your skin from harmful UV rays but also helps to avoid potentially fatal diseases like skin cancer. So, to keep your skin healthy and glowing, you must wear a sunscreen whenever you are planning to go out in the sun.
Use of sunscreen is really beneficial to skin as
- It keeps your skin protected against UV rays
- It has an anti aging effect on your skin
- It prevents wrinkling on skin
- It keeps your skin tight and firm
Sunscreens are widely available beauty products in today’s market but you should know which sunscreen is good for you, how to use that particular sun block and how can you benefit from that product the most. Here are some common mistakes you might be making while using sunscreens.
- You are not applying enough sunscreen
- You are applying sunscreen only in the morning
- You are neglecting the body areas that must be protected from sun
- You are using sunscreen only in summers
- You are not checking the SPF of your sunscreen
- You are outside in the midday
- You are applying sunscreen after going out
- Your make up is not good enough to give you sun protection
- You are using an expired sunscreen product
- You are not wearing suitable clothing
1. You are not applying enough sunscreen
A common mistake while using sunscreen is not applying it to a recommended quantity. You shouldn’t be scrimping with sunscreen. Use it on all exposed body parts to be protected from sunburns. The suggested quantity of sunscreen to cover the exposed body parts is 1-1.5 ounce.
2. You are applying sunscreen only in the morning
It must be clear that sunscreen is washed out after swimming or excessive sweating. So, you have to apply and reapply it. For people with fair complexion, recommended sunscreen use is every three to four hours; and for dark colored people sunscreen must be used three to four times a day.
3. You are neglecting the body areas that must be protected from sun
All exposed areas of your body need to be covered with sunscreen properly before going out. Lips are also vulnerable to UV rays just like your cheeks; so you must use lip balms and lipsticks with some good SPF. Similarly, you should focus on your ears, neck, hair and scalp and use appropriate sunscreen.
4. You are using sunscreen only in summers
Sunscreens are not only meant for summers but also for winters. It is good to use a sunscreen with mild SPF everyday even in winters to avoid skin problems of varying severity.
5. You are not checking the SPF of your sunscreen
SPF, stands for sun protection factor and is the measure of activity of a sunscreen. Many people think that if they use a sunscreen with higher SPF, they are protected. However, this is not the case. When using a sunscreen it must be considered whether or not it gives broad spectrum coverage against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are mostly concerned with the sunburns whereas UVA rays can penetrate deeper into the skin and can cause skin cancer. Many sunscreens with a higher SPF offer protection against UVB only. So, a sunscreen should be selected not only on the basis of SPF but also should be checked whether or not it protects against both UVB and UVA rays.
6. You are outside in midday
The sun is really scorching and burning in midday. It has been reported that heat intensifies during midday from 10 am to 4 pm. So, you must avoid staying outdoors during midday if you have sensitive skin.
7. You are applying sunscreen after going outside
One of the common mistakes while applying sunscreen is that most people use it after they are out of their place. It is much better to apply sunscreen 15 to 20 minutes before you are going out.
8. Your make up is not good enough to give you sun protection
The foundation you are going to use on your face must contain adequate SPF to give you sun protection. The make up with low SPF is not sufficient to put on and remain outside for hours.
9. You are using an expired sunscreen product
You might be using your sunscreen kept from last season. You must check the expiry date of your product and just throw it out if you find it expired. Nothing is worse than using an expired product.
10. You are not wearing suitable clothing
If you are using sunscreen but not proper clothing, it is of no use. Just cover your head with a hat that protects your neck, ear and face from burning sun. Also, try to use soft gloves and stockings along with your sunscreen.