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How to Use Sunscreen Correctly

You are likely to spend as much time outside as possible this season (remember winter?) let’s not). We expose our skin more than we think. Whether it’s while driving with the windows down, enjoying lunch in a restaurant, or taking a walk in the park, the sun’s rays can be damaging. Applying sunscreen should be a regular part of your beauty regimen, just like your favorite mascara.

It’s time to use the correct sunscreen. The sun does not have your back. It burns you. 

Don’t be fooled by high numbers. Be wary of sunscreens with SPFs higher than 50. The SPF (or Sun Protection Factor) is a number that translates into how long your skin can be exposed to the sun before it burns. A SPF of 15, for example, means it will take your skin 15 times longer to burn. The rule does not apply when the number exceeds 50. A SPF between 30 and 50 is sufficient. 

Search for formulas that have a “broad spectrum.”

Did you know the sun emits two different types of rays? UVA and UVB are the two types of rays. UVA is more damaging to the skin, while UVB causes sunburn. Broad-spectrum sunscreens offer protection against UVA and UVB radiation. Try Eve Lom Broad Spectrum SPF50 Sunscreen

How to use

Do you know that it is recommended to use one-quarter of a shampoo for washing your hair? It’s the exact opposite with sunscreen. Use an ounce of sunscreen, which is about the same size as a shot glass.

When should you wear it?

Your skin must absorb the sunscreen to provide the best protection. You can’t just apply some and run out! Apply the lotion 15-30 minutes before you step out into the world.

Use it everywhere.

Make sure to cover all exposed parts of your body. Be sure to check the back of your head, shoulders, chest, and ears. 

Do not forget to apply again.

It is possible to wipe off a waterproof sunscreen with a damp towel or when you sweat. Reapply sunscreen every two hours. Reapply sunscreen as soon as possible after you leave the pool.

Protect your pucker, too.

Sunburned lips can be a real pain. Lip balms with SPF can help protect them. Try Hampton Sun SPF 30 Sport Lip Balm.

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Bonnie J. Sung

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