The summer is finally coming closer and you have already enjoyed hot sunny days this year, probably. And you used your SPF cream as we are sure that you know how important it is. But do you apply it properly? Are you sure that it gives you enough protection? Have a look at the most common mistakes about SPF usage that will help you to get the most out of any sunscreen product.
Mistake 1: Wrong time
You have definitely seen people who spread out their beach towels first, change for swimsuits and start to anoint themselves with sunscreen. It is so wrong! The SPF cream must be applied 30 minutes before you go out because it requires this time to soak and protect the skin from the first seconds under the sun.
Mistake 2: Applying cream on the open areas only
You do not move like a robot and the sunlight can fetch the areas of your body that are covered as it seems to you. Moreover, skin cancer can attack everywhere and it is highly recommended to use sunscreen for the whole body. Doctors advise to smear yourself with cream naked in front of the mirror and not to forget about back of the neck, ears, eyelids, inner thighs and feet.
Mistake 3: Ignoring lips protection
Lips should be protected as well as face and other parts of the body. But they require a special SPF lip balm because an ordinary sunscreen cream will not stay long on lips and it is not tasty at all. Do not forget to renew lip balm several times a day after meal or chatting with friends.
Mistake 4: Washing off
It is better to choose water-resistant sunscreen as it is really hard to control when you have to renew a layer. As it washes off not only when you are swimming, but also when you sweat sunbathing or simply walking in a hot sunny day. Moreover, water-resistant sunscreen does not cause burning sensation in the eyes unlike hydrobile SPF products.
Mistake 5: Using body lotion for face
In this case the difference between body lotion and facial cream really exists. If your skin is sensitive and prone to acne, do not use products for body, especially, sprays and lotions. As far as they contain alcohol that dehydrates and irritates facial skin.
Mistake 6: Spreading SPF cream only in sunny days
The ultraviolet influences you even if it is gloomy and the sky is grey and cloudy. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, 80% of ultra-violet rays can transpierce clouds and disturb your skin.
Mistake 7: You are not afraid to get sunburn in car
Total protection from the sun is possible only in the building without windows. Driving the car, you are at risk to get sunburn. The thing is that the glass blocks the UVB rays but direct UVA rays go through the glass and causes skin cancer and rapid aging. That is why it is necessary to use sunscreen before you get behind the wheel even if you do not plan to go out the whole day.
Mistake 8: Using narrow spectrum products
The majority sunscreens preserve skin only from UVB rays which are the main reason of sunburn. But protection from UVA rays is important as well as they interpenetrate the skin causing aging and various diseases. To make sure that you are not influenced by both types of the rays, you should choose broad spectrum products.
Mistake 9: Too low SPF
The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends choosing products with at least SPF 15. The creams with SPF 30 block 97% of solar radiation. And sunscreens with SPF 50 are able to absorb more free radicals.
Mistake 10: Neglect of sunscreen in the shadow
If you relax under a beach umbrella, it does not mean that you are totally protected from the sun. The sand and water reflect sun rays and you receive 34% of solar radiation even being in the shadow.
Mistake 11: Using sunscreen only on the beach
If you think that SPF products are perfectly matched only with your time by the pool or on the beach, your skin will suffer from rapid aging and other skin issues. The sun attacks it everywhere and a day of walking around the city under the sun can result in severe sunburn in the evening.
However, it is also recommended to expose your body to the sun for not more than 30 minutes twice or three times a week in order to get the necessary vitamin D. Adequate sunbathing before 11 a.m. and after 3 p.m. for a very short period of time can preserve you from vitamin D deficiency which is common for about 1 billion people.