7 Summer Sunscreen Mistakes you didn’t know that was Ruining your Skin
Sun, summer and the beach is FUN spelled in all caps. Just because you’re having the time of your life does not mean that your skin is as thrilled as you are.
Sunscreen Mistakes and How to Avoid it
1. Wearing Sunscreen only when you take a Trip to the Beach. Use sunscreen with a minimum of SPF 30 protection everyday, even if you’re only expecting to spend most of the hours indoors because UV does reflect off windows and paved roads too. Don’t get caught unprotected ever again.
2. Not wearing the Sunscreen that suits your Skin type
This is probably the worst in this list of summer sunscreen mistakes, most especially if you have sensitive skin and have not been paying close attention to what’s in your sunscreen. Most sunscreens use synthetic chemicals as sunscreen actives. Some of the most common chemical sunscreens include Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octocrylene. If you have sensitive skin, your skin is safer left under the care of physical sunscreens which come only with one or two sunscreen actives, both minerals, Zinc Oxide and TItanium Dioxide.
3. Forgetting to wear the right Sunscreen for your sun activities. Whether UVA or UVB causes more skin cancers is still under debate. Experts, however, are in agreement that UV radiation, no matter what type, causes damages to the DNA and are likely triggers of cancers that include squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and even melanoma. Always favor broad spectrum sunscreen.
4. Not reapplying Sunscreen frequently enough to last you throughout the day
Among the summer sunscreen mistakes, this is the one mistake that has been pointed out for decades. Keep in mind that higher SPF does not mean getting greater protection. SPF indicates how soon you should reapply. Use the SPF as a multiplier, that is, if your skin burns in the sun without protection, within 15 minutes, and you’re using an SPF 15, you will start to burn in 150 minutes with this sunscreen on.
5. Relying solely on Sunscreen for your Sun protection needs. Add in the antioxidants for added protection from UV and even from other free radicals. Most of the more advanced, mineral sunscreens will have an antioxidant infused in the formulation. Note that the most effective antioxidants are Vitamin C, B3 and E. Moreover, cover up as much as you can with bikini toppers and sunglasses. Stay under the shade as soon as you’re out of the water because no amount of sunscreen can give you 100% protection from sun damage.
6. Wash off Sunscreen at the end of the day, as soon as you can
Again, most sunscreens are laden with highly toxic chemicals. Even the mineral sunscreens can be infused with synthetics too.
What you must appreciate, if you haven’t already done so, is that the sun is the top cause of skin aging and, worse, an estimated two to three million people suffering from sunscreen worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.