4 Common Sun Protection Mistakes
We all know the importance of applying sun protection to protect our skin from damage caused by harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays, including dark spots, burns, and skin cancer. Yet, there is more to sun protection than simply applying SPF products onto skin. In today’s post, we will be debunking several common sun protection mistakes and teaching you how to get the most effective coverage from your products.
1. “I only need to apply sun protection right before exposure”
Sunscreens are classified into two categories: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreen protects skin by scattering UV lights, whereas chemical sunscreen absorbs UV radiation. For optimal effectiveness when using a chemical sunscreen, apply the product 15 minutes before sun exposure to allow it to be fully absorbed by skin.
2. “I don’t need to apply sun protection if I’m staying indoors”
Many people believe that it is not necessary to apply sun protection if they are staying indoors. However, powerful UV rays can penetrate through windows and continue to cause skin damage. As a result, it is important to apply sun protection every day, regardless of location.
3. “It is necessary to reapply sun protection every two to three hours”
The general rule of reapplying sun protection depends on location and activity for the day. For example, if you are spending most of your day outdoors – participating in water-related activities, or sweating heavily – it is necessary to reapply sunscreen every two to three hours. Yet, if you are spending most of your indoors – attending work or school – the amount of sunscreen applied in the morning should provide you with adequate protection for the entire day.
4. “Adding the SPF level on my makeup and skincare products together gives me a combined SPF level”
Adding the SPF level of makeup and skincare products together does not provide a combined higher sun protection. The actual level of protection acquired is based on the product with the highest SPF level. For example, if your foundation is SPF 15 and your moisturizer is SPF 30, your skin will be protected by an SPF of 30.
Make sure to avoid these common sun protection mistakes to properly protect your skin against sun damage!
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