Burnproof: Here’s how to maximize your SPF protection

There is so much misinformation around sunscreen that most people become overwhelmed & skip it altogether. But sunscreen is too important to not understand properly. The consequences of not protecting yourself in this way are dangerous. We want to make sure you know how to get the best SPF (sun protection factor) out of your sunscreens, so here’s some vital information about this life saving skincare product. 

Some facts about sunscreen

The active ingredients in sunscreen are divided into two categories: chemical and mineral. Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s UV rays. Mineral (barrier) sunscreens reflect UV rays away from your body. Despite their different uses, they are both effective at protecting your skin from sun damage.

Using sunscreen and other sun-safety strategies is critical for anyone (male/female) looking to prevent premature aging that comes with sun exposure. However, it is not as effective unless it’s applied correctly.

If you have oftentimes gotten burns even after applying sunscreen, it may be because you use too little, apply/reapply it too late.  

These five best sunscreen application methods will ensure maximum protection for your skin.

  • Apply 30 minutes before you go outside. This allows the sunscreen ( of SPF 15 or higher) to have enough time to provide the maximum benefit. Don’t forget to reapply at least every two hours, and more often if you’re sweating or swimming.
  • Use the right amount, the general rule of thumb is to use at least one ounce (or a shot glass full) of sunscreen for your entire body.
  • When applying sunscreen, don’t forget your lips, ears, and feet. These areas are often overlooked, but they are just as susceptible to sun damage as the rest of your body. 
  • Use a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips and apply sunscreen to your ears and the tops of your feet.
  • Lastly, rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin. Apply sunscreen to all bare skin. 

Other tips

  • You can wear long-sleeved shirts, and hats. This will help to protect skin from sun damage.
  • If you’re going to be spending a lot of time outside, choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 50 or higher.
  • Avoid too much sun exposure. Schedule outdoor activities when the sun is less intense. Doing so will reduce sun exposure.

Cancer.net states that the easiest ways to prevent millions of cases of cancer is to lather your skin sufficiently with sunscreen. Also bear in mind that the effects of sun damage are cumulative and irreversible, which is why it’s essential to make wearing sunscreen a habit. 

It doesn’t matter if it’s the occasional exposure to high-intensity sunlight or simply a lifetime of moderate sun exposure, you have to prioritize sunscreen usage.


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