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Recent studies have unraveled that overexposure to the sun without protection is directly linked with skin cancer. Luckily, there’s sunscreen. Sunscreen will help you protect your skin from harmful UV rays and thereby highly decreasing the chances of skin diseases to occur.  This article outlines 5 of the most common mistakes people make while using sunscreen.

Choosing the wrong Sunscreen 

It is important to know how your sunscreen works. SPF is the most important number when it comes to sunscreen. A sunscreen between SPF 30 and 50 is considered the most ideal sunscreen- providing broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, water protection and water resistance. Meanwhile, new research suggests that sunscreens with an SPF over 50 often accompany a bad balance of UVA and UVB protection.


Choosing a toxic Sunscreen

Always check your sunscreen labels before purchase. Sunscreens containing toxic ingredients such as Vitamin A and Retinyl Palmitate can do more than damage to your skin if exposed to the sunlight than benefit. It is advisable to rather choose sunscreens that contain ingredients such as Titanium Dioxide or Zinc.

Using Sunscreen after getting exposed
The skin requires a little time to fully absorb the sunscreen. So, it is advisable to apply the sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you step out to make sure the sunscreen layer sets in properly. It is equally important to reapply sunscreen once you notice substantial sweating or when your body is submerged in water. The ideal rule of reapplying sunscreen is every two hours, in case you want to avoid getting burnt.

Using expired and old Sunscreen

Sunscreen generally expires in 3 years from its manufacturing date. It is highly recommended to not use expired Sunscreen as it will only worsen your skin. As sunscreen gets old, the formula starts to clump or separate in the container. This is also caused when the container is exposed to a lot of changing temperature. So, it is advisable to shake the sunscreen well before use so that any separations caused within the container is mixed up. This will ensure that the sunscreen is applied evenly on the skin, thus rendering it effective.


Using not enough Sunscreen

Ideally the amount of sunscreen required to fully cover an adult’s body is about one ounce, just enough to fill a shot glass. However, most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. This may not be very effective. Make sure you evenly apply sunscreen over all skin surfaces that are directly exposed to the sunscreen.


Many of us need to get out in the sun to get work done, so the sun cannot be avoided. Therefore, using sunscreen will be your best step to getting a healthy skin and body, and choosing the right sunscreen will be equally important.