It is widely known that sun protection is essential all year round – and, for our part, we have mentioned it several times. However, while many of us make sure to put our sunscreen in our bags (especially in our beach bags during the summer), it is true that we ignore or neglect the basic rules that ensure maximum protection, thus falling into mistakes.
Common mistakes in the use of sunscreens
While the use of sun care products is necessary, it is also crucial to use them properly. Let’s delve into the most common mistakes we make when using our sunscreen:
We use less sunscreen than we should: According to research, the amount of sunscreen most people tend to apply is much less than the amount used in laboratory tests. Next time, do not hesitate to apply a sufficient amount of sunscreen, always keeping in mind that even the most effective product will not serve its purpose if not applied properly and in the right quantity!
We do not reapply often: One of the most common mistakes is that we usually remember to apply our sunscreen in the morning, before leaving home, and spend the rest of our day assuming that a single application is enough. However, sunscreen needs to be reapplied regularly throughout the day, even if we are going to move exclusively in the city. For sure, when we go to the beach, we must reapply it every one to two hours, especially after swimming, toweling off or perspiring.
We do not apply sunscreen before heading outside: It is advised to apply sunscreen at least 15 to 20’ before sun exposure, but how often do we abide by the rule? Most times, we get to apply it once we step to the beach, lay out our beach towel and stay in our swimsuit. Even then, we rush to enjoy our first dive -right after the application-, not giving enough time for the filters to act and the product to get fully absorbed. It may sound “compulsive”, but it is essential to follow the rule and apply sunscreen on time.
We use moisturizer with SPF instead of sunscreen: The use of an SPF moisturizing day cream -to some extent- protects the skin from the adverse effects of solar radiation, but this does not mean that we should skip the use of sunscreen. Day creams serve their moisturizing purpose, while sunscreen provides the essential protection.
We overlook certain spots: We are used to applying sunscreen to the face and body, but we are skipping -due to haste or negligence- the least exposed areas, such as the neck, ears, swimwear line, scalp, feet, toes and the sensitive neck area.
We use last year’s sunscreen: Over time, the effectiveness of sunscreens diminishes due to oxidation of their ingredients. For this reason, all companies guarantee the effectiveness of their product for a certain period, which is indicated on the packaging. After this period, the application of the product should be avoided. Thus, do not forget to buy a new sunscreen yearly and avoid using leftover sunscreen from one year to the next.
All we must do, to enjoy the sun without worrying about adverse skin conditions, is to make a habit of these simple yet crucial rules. In any case, we do not part with MACROVITA Sun protection Face & Body Spray SPF50 with aloe, panthenol & olive oil. It is a waterproof and instantly absorbed sun protection spray with a light, milky texture, for the effective sun protection of the entire family. Rejuvenates and hydrates the skin, while preventing photoaging and protecting it from the adverse effects of exposure to radiation of the entire spectrum (UV, IR, BLUE LIGHT). Plus: Thanks to its advanced formula, it respects the marine ecosystem.