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You've Been Using Sunscreen Wrong All Your Life

When it comes to protecting your skin from UVB and UVA rays, the safest thing that we turn to is investing in a good sunscreen. It only takes one sunburn to ruin your skin for a long time and for that we rely on the best sunscreens for our face or the most exposed body part. It's not always necessary to empty your pockets buying the perfect sunscreen, but it's equally important to know the way you should apply it to get maximum protection.

Or you might just not be using as much sunscreen as you should. 

Lets check out the know how's of using a sunscreen.

You've Been Using Sunscreen Wrong All Your Life

You've Been Using Sunscreen Wrong All Your Life

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We need exposure to sunlight to make Vitamin D, but getting too much sun increases the risk of skin cancer.

We need exposure to sunlight to make Vitamin D, but getting too much sun increases the risk of skin cancer.

It is said that too much time spent in the sun increases the risk of skin cancer. Moreover, there is no way to get rid of a real tan.

Most people know they should be reapplying sunscreen regularly if they're out in the sun for a long time.

Most people know they should be reapplying sunscreen regularly if they’re out in the sun for a long time.

The guidelines say sunscreen should be "reapplied liberally, frequently". You also need to make sure you reapply it after being in the water , even if it claims to be water-resistant and after sweating, or if it might have rubbed off.

You probably know that you should be using more than you actually do.

You probably know that you should be using more than you actually do.

If you don't apply enough, you will only be getting a fraction of the SPF on the bottle. Apparently the average amount needed to cover an adult and achieve the SPF on the bottle is 35 ml or 6 to 8 teaspoons of lotion".

If someone plans to be out in the sun long enough to risk a sun burn,

If someone plans to be out in the sun long enough to risk a sun burn,

Sunscreen needs to be applied twice to exposed areas of the skin: half an hour before and again around the time they go out in the sun.

And yes, reapplying it again if it rubs off or if you go in the water.

And yes, reapplying it again if it rubs off or if you go in the water.

That makes it clear that you need to apply it twice.

Even if it's cool or cloudy, it's possible to get sunburnt at midday in the summer.

Even if it’s cool or cloudy, it’s possible to get sunburnt at midday in the summer.

A "base tan" protecting you from harm is untrue – the skin damage resulting from any tan you have outweighs the slight protective effect.

A suntan is a sign that skin has already been damaged.

A suntan is a sign that skin has already been damaged.

And tanned skin can continue to be damaged when exposed to UV rays. Now that you know all about sun tan and the ways to tackle. Hop out in the sun with a sunscreen, of course.

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