5 Sunscreen Mistakes You Need to Stop Right Now
5 Sunscreen Mistakes You Need to Stop Right Now
Most of us know the benefits of wearing sunscreen. But what most people don't know is whether they are applying it correctly. Unfortunately, an improper application still puts you at risk of developing wrinkles, sunburns, and premature aging.
Thankfully, there are various ways you can correct these mistakes and protect your skin fully. This blog highlights sunscreen mistakes you might be making and how to avoid them.
Common sunscreen mistakes
1. Mixing Sunscreen with Other Products
Don't mix your sunscreen with any other product, no matter the type. Some people think that by mixing sunscreen with another product, they are creating a hydrating and protective combination. But, that's not true.
Note that you need to apply at least ½ teaspoon of sunscreen to get the recommended SPF
But, if you mix it with another product, you won't apply this much. As such, if the SPF on the product is 30, mixing could reduce it down to 15.
Again, mixing is a bad idea as it can create a conflict of ingredients
Some ingredients in your moisturizer, foundation, or another product can interfere with the potency of UV filters, making the sunscreen less effective. When the effectiveness is compromised , it will still leave your skin prone to sun damage, dark spots, and wrinkles.
You also shouldn't mix two different sunscreens
That means you can't mix mineral SPF and chemical SPF as it can lead to a negative interaction. This can reduce the effectiveness of sun protection, and you may also experience side effects such as burning and irritation.
Instead of mixing, layer out your products correctly to enjoy the effects of other formulas and your sunscreen. Remember that sunscreen should come last in your daytime skincare routine.
2. Putting Sunscreen Only One Time the Whole Day
A lot of us think that a one-time application covers us the whole day. As such, many people only apply their sunscreen in the morning until the next day. However,dermatologists warn us against doing so.
If you wear sunscreen in the morning and you don't reapply it, you won't be fully protected which puts you at risk of brown spots, premature aging, etc.
Reapplication of sunscreen depends on various factors. Although frequent applications are usually advised, there are some instances where you will need to apply more frequently, like:
- If your desk is close to a window, the window may filter UVB light, keeping you from burning. However, you will still be getting the UVA light .
- When you're driving, you get too much sun exposure.
- When you're swimming- although water-resistant sunscreens are great, they still get wiped away when you wipe the water.
- When you're sweating, using a sweat resistant sunscreen for outdoor activities like running, playing cricket, etc., offers longer protection. But you still should reapply it frequently to be safe.
3. Working on Electronic Devices without Wearing Sunscreen
Many of us think that we only need sunscreen when we are outdoors. However, even if you are working indoors, more so on electronic devices, you need to apply sunscreen.
Phones and computer screens emit blue light that causes sleep problems. But, it could also damage your skin
While the light from these devices may not be that harmful compared to the one emitted by the sun and other environmental sources, it could still have a similar effect.
Blue light leads to the generation of reactive oxygen that may affect collagen promoting wrinkles and pigment changes
Now, the best way to protect yourself from this light is by minimizing your exposure. However, sometimes this may not be possible.
Invest in a sunscreen product that is specifically designed to protect against blue light
Always ensure that your formula has a broad spectrum to protect your skin. It's advisable to use sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as these protect against UV and high-energy visible light.
4. Not Applying Enough Sunscreen to Cover Your Skin
Note that you may almost never wear enough sunscreen on.
Experts recommend applying one ounce of sunscreen. However, many people only apply ¼ of this amount needed to reach the SPF on the bottle. Under-applying SPF 15, for instance, means you could only be getting SPF 8.
- Make sure that you are generous with your application for the body. However, or the face, a nickel-size blob is enough to cover you .
- Additionally, pay attention to the ears, ankles, and feet when applying. These places are often overlooked.
- Don't leave behind any sunscreen leftover. It is why using a lotion sunscreen such as Sheer Zinc Tinted Mineral Sunscreen offers the best coverage. This type protects you better than spray sunscreens.
5. Not Checking If Your Sunscreen Has Enough PA Rating
Unfortunately, most products available today do not offer great protection against UVA.
The PA ratings (Protection Grade of UVA rays) measure the level of protection the product offers against UVA.
Look for formulas with PA ratings as these protect against UVA. Generally, products with a higher PA rating offer more value.
Additionally, look for a formula with an SPF rating of at least 30, 45 or 50. You may go higher than this, but the minimum should be 30. Anything less than this is not going to be effective.
Three Things You Shouldn't Miss Out When Buying Sunscreen
Since the market is saturated with sunscreens, choosing the right one can be overwhelming. However, there are some things you should keep in mind when buying sunscreen. Consider these three things to get the right formula for you.
1. Know Your Skin Type
Sunscreen products are available for different skin types. Therefore, you need to know your skin needs before buying a product.
For instance, those with dry skin should look for sunscreens with ingredients like zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, physalis angulate extract, etc. They should also avoid sunscreen sprays or gels that have alcohol.
The best sunscreen for oily skin is lightweight and has ingredients like tocepheryl acetate (vitamin E), Eurol Bt™, silica, and isododecane .
But if your skin is sensitive, choose a hypo allergic and fragrance-free sunscreen .
2. Always Check Expiry Date
Sunscreens do expire. However, some retailers may continue to stock up and sell expired sunscreen.
Using sunscreen past its expiration will not protect you as it is not expected to achieve the SPF rating on its container.
Also, expired sunscreen can cause skin problems due to the chemical changes in a formula.
3. Avoid harmful Ingredients
Avoid products with oxybenzone, parabens, and PABA as they are bad for the skin and the environment. Not only can these cause skin allergies, they also are environmental pollutants.
The Key Takeaway
Sunscreen is a crucial component of your skincare routine. But, if you aren't applying correctly, you could be missing out on its benefits. Use these guidelines to know the mistakes you have been making and rectify them.
If you are looking for a good sunscreen product, check out Ultra Matte Dry-Touch Sunscreen Gel SPF 50. It offers UVA, UVB and IR protection. Plus, it is also a water-resistant and sweat-resistant formula. Therefore, you can use it for all your outdoor activities.