Summer is fast approaching and many are stocking up on sunscreen in preparation of shedding the heavy winter layers and spending more time outdoors. As with anything that’s going on our skin, the more we know about it, the better. With that said, let’s talk about just some of the sunscreen tips and facts you should know just in time for summer.
Apply Sunscreen Before You Leave the House
Chances are you’ve seen people apply sunscreen when they get to the beach or elsewhere outdoors, but the truth is they should have already applied it before they even walked out of their front door—about 30-minutes beforehand, actually. Sunscreen doesn’t immediately sink into your skin and start working; it needs time to work its magic.
Put Sunscreen On Every Day
If you’re one of the many who only apply sunscreen when the sun is out, you’re not alone, but you’re supposed to apply it every day even when it’s cloudy out. The UV rays are still present and can pass through the clouds which mean they’re still having an effect on your skin even if it doesn’t seem like it.
Put It On Your Face and Body
There are those who apply sunscreen to their face, might do their neck, but stop after that, especially if they’re not going to the beach. Sunscreen has to go on your face and body from your scalp to your feet, yes, even under your clothes. When you’re getting ready to apply the sunscreen, however…
Don’t Use the Same Sunscreen On Your Face and Body
Sorry, but it’s not a good idea to use the same sunscreen on your face and body. The skin on your face is more delicate and sensitive than that on your body. Body sunscreen formulas could be too harsh and heavy on your face; facial sunscreen has been specially formulated to use on that area. This is especially important to keep in mind if you have any skin issues such as acne.
Check For An Expiration Date
Sunscreen does expire, and it usually has a shelf life of up to 3-years. Before you apply the sunscreen on your skin, check that it isn’t expired.
Reapply Sunscreen Throughout the Day
There are many who apply sunscreen before they head out but don’t reapply it. It should actually be reapplied every couple of hours throughout the day, especially after you’re sweating or go swimming. Check the directions on the specific bottle you have to determine exactly how often.
Patch Test Your Sunscreen
Quite a few buy sunscreen, put it on their skin, and that’s it, but just like with any product that’s going on your skin, it’s a must to patch test it first. This is even more of a must to do if you have any skin conditions or allergies. It’s a much better option to find out that your skin and the sunscreen aren’t compatible via a small area rather than after you’ve already applied it all over.
Now that you know some tips and facts about sunscreen, it’s time to go out and stock up so you have plenty to use for the warmer months and thereafter.