Sunscreen: Its Importance and Common Mistakes That Are Made When Applying It

May 25, 2022

Wearing sunscreen is important to protect your skin from harsh UV rays. Here are reasons why wearing some is important for your skin.

Importance of Sunscreen

Reduces sunburn

Protecting your skin from sunburn. Sunburns are red and painful and wearing sunscreen will keep you safe.

Decreases cancer risk

Sunscreen also protects you from getting skin cancer. Using SPF daily will keep your skin protected from harmful rays that cause skin cancer.

Avoids aging signs

One of the causes of premature aging is sun damage. Sun exposure leads to fine lines, discoloration, wrinkles, and sunspots. Being exposed to too much sunlight can result in discolored skin. You can avoid these aging signs by wearing SPF.

Prevents skin discoloration

Living with areas with skin discoloration can be difficult. The discoloration which is brown or tan develops on the arms, head, face, and hands. When you apply SPF, it prevents skin discoloration.

Common mistakes when applying sunscreen

Using an SPF correctly can be effective. Wearing it may sound like a no-brainer, but there are mistakes people make during application. Here are some common mistakes.

Applying insufficient amount

You should always apply to all exposed skin including your scalp, ears, upper back, and even hard-to-reach areas.

How to avoid: Slather sunscreen for 15 minutes before you go outside and reapply every two hours.

Using an old product

Sunscreen becomes less effective with time. Temperature fluctuations can make the sunscreen formula separate making it hard to coat your skin.

How to avoid: Always discard when expired and replace it promptly.

Using sunscreens with higher SPF

You may believe that higher SPF provides greater protection. Some sunscreens have a higher SPF of 70 and even 100. Using such SPF will give you a false sense of security. You may not see the need to reapply the sunscreen.

How to avoid: You should only use sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more.

Early detection will improve the treatment outcome. Our board dermatologists have been trusted for over 30 years to the beauty and health of your skin. Contact us at (727)-585-8591 to see your Tampa dermatologist today.

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