It’s all fun and games until someone gets burned—literally.
1. You don’t apply enough.
Shots, shots, shots, shots! Break out that shot glass from your liquor cabinet and take a good, hard look. That’s the amount you need to be applying to your body—yes, your entire body. And don’t forget your face. That pretty mug of yours only requires about a nickel amount. If you use less, it doesn’t *necessarily* mean you’ll burn, but it does mean you’re not getting all the benefits labeled on that SPF bottle of yours. So just give your body the drink it needs, okay?
2. You skimp on reapplying.
Doing it once is not enough. You need to reapply the same amount as above after you take a dip, excessively sweat, or if it’s been more than two hours since you’ve applied. And quick heads up: “Water resistant” is not the same thing at “waterproof.” You still have to reapply after you hit the water. (Sorry.)
3. You buy the wrong SPF.
SPF is the amount of UVB rays you’re protected against, AKA the rays that cause your skin to burn. It is not the amount of UVA rays you’re protected against, AKA the rays that are responsible for aging. (Meaning you still need to try to stay out of direct sunlight as much as you can.) Also, no, the SPF number does not correlate to how much your sunscreen is protecting you. A sunscreen with SPF 100 doesn’t block out 100 percent of the rays—only about 98 percent, while a lotion with SPF 30 will protect you against roughly 95 percent of rays. And no sunscreen offers full protection. (Whomp, whomp.) Always look for a broad spectrum sunscreen, which guards against both types of sun rays. (And yes, both rays can cause cancer.)
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