Sunscreen is an essential part of enjoying summer and outdoor activities, and using it properly and effectively is important. However, it’s extremely common to apply sunscreen incorrectly or use it improperly, which can cause other issues or make it ineffective. In this blog, we’ll be discussing some common sunscreen application mistakes and how you can avoid them. If you’re searching for a reef-friendly sunscreen that is also oxybenzone-free, check out Coral Isles sunscreen. Our reef-friendly sunscreen is effective and ideal for the whole family. Shop our website today and stock up now!
Not Using Enough
Most people skimp on their sunscreen usage, which can cause spotty and patchy coverage or even not protect the skin at all. Dermatologists recommend using 2 ounces of sunscreen on the exposed areas of the body, which is the equivalent of a shot glass full. Upping the sun protection factor or SPF and using less isn’t the equivalent, so it’s important to always use the amount suggested to protect your exposed skin properly from the sun’s rays.
Using Expired Sunscreen
Did you know that your sunscreen expires around a year or so? Many people forget to check the expiration dates on their bottles and creams and end up using sunscreen that doesn’t even have effective ingredients in it anymore. Before you go through your bathroom cabinets or hall closets and pack last year’s sunscreen for your first beach trip, make sure to check the expiration date on it so you can be sure that it will protect your skin. If it’s expired, be sure to repurchase before you head outside.
Wearing Sunscreen Only at the Beach
Even just five minutes spent outside without sun protection can be damaging. The sun’s rays can damage your skin’s DNA and continue the damage even after you’ve stepped inside out of the sun. Sunscreen needs to be worn every day, even when it’s cloudy or overcast. If you anticipate being outside for more than five minutes, it’s essential to your skin’s health to protect it well with sunscreen.
Not Wearing Sunscreen in the Shade
Plan to spend all day under a beach umbrella or tree? Make sure you apply sunscreen! Simply staying out of the sun won’t necessarily protect you, and can even cause a sunburn. If you’re anticipating spending more than an hour outside even if you’ll be in the shade, protect your skin with sunscreen. You can’t ever be too careful with sun protection.
Forgetting to Apply Sunscreen to Important Places
Forgetting to protect your hairline and eyebrows is essential and one of the most underprotected areas of your body. When you’re applying sunscreen in the morning, be sure to apply it all areas of your face, neck, hands, and any other exposed skin.
Correct sunscreen application is vital to protecting your face and body from the damaging effects of the sun’s rays. By applying sunscreen correctly and using the suggested amount, you can reduce your exposure and protect your skin. Be sure to stock up on your reef-friendly and oxybenzone-free sunscreen from Coral Isles before heading outside this summer and especially before any tropical vacations! Order from our website today!