How to properly apply sunscreen?

How to properly apply sunscreen?

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No one can deny the significance of using sunscreen since UV rays can cause skin cancer. Although most of us are apply sunscreen daily, you may find that its effect is weak and then start looking for another type that provides you with the essential protection. But, before looking for another type, consider that the cause may be the improper use of sunscreen! Try applying the following tips before making a decision.

Apply sunscreen correctly


Most people don’t apply sunscreen enough! Using small amounts does not provide the necessary protection. So, make sure you have the right quantities that are:

  • 2 teaspoons of sunscreen if you only cover your head, arms and neck.
  • 2 tablespoons if you cover your entire body, and are wearing a swimming suit.


  • Apply sunscreen thirty minutes before going out and not immediately before going out.
  • Repeat every two hours. If you plan to stay in the sun for a long time, don’t just apply it once.

Swimming & Sunscreen

  • Water washes away sunscreen, and the feeling of being chilly from being in water may deceive you.
  • Water also reflects UV rays, which increases your exposure!
  • Apply it immediately after getting into the water, even if it is waterproof, and after perspiring.

Extra Tips 

  • Sunscreen should be applied to all exposed skin areas including the face, neck, and ears, but avoid getting it in your mouth and eyes.
  • It can be worn on the head if you have light hair or no hair, but it is preferable to use a wide-brimmed hat.
  • Check the expiry date and the expiry date since the package was opened on the pack.

You can read more tips on how to choose sunscreen.

Is sunscreen enough?

No sunscreen will provide you with complete protection from UV rays. You will need to use other means of protection, such as wearing:

  • A wide-brimmed hat that covers the face, neck, and ears.
  • Long-sleeved blouse.
  • Long pants or skirts made of fabrics that do not allow sunlight to pass through.

Don’t forget to protect your eyes

Sunglasses can help protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays! but

  • Wear sunglasses that provide UV protection. Don’t be tricked by dark-tinted lenses. Look for a label confirming their capacity to block UV radiation.
  • Large frames that may provide more protection from UV rays because they cover the whole eye.

You may now enjoy better protection from the sun’s UV rays and assess your sunscreen after following the preceding suggestions.