This is Why Your Sunscreen is Not Working!

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When it comes to ways to protect the skin from sun damage, sunscreen is undoubtedly one of the most effective ways. 

Whether you're going to the pool or the office, or just stepping out to get some fresh air, it's essential to apply sunscreen appropriately. You are exposed to the sun's dangerous UVB and UVA rays when you come in contact with sunlight whether directly or indirectly.

You already know that you should apply sunscreen every day, and you probably have a bottle or two on hand… But still, your sunscreen isn't working as well as it should. Perhaps you're still experiencing burns after applying sunscreen in the morning or smudgy coverage as demonstrated by strange burn marks that appear hours after sun exposure.

 It is one thing to apply sunscreen, and it is another to apply it correctly. Here are some reasons why your sunscreen may not be working as it should:


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You Aren't Applying Enough Sunscreen

You may be using sunscreen, but, probably, you aren't using enough. Apply a nickel-sized amount of cream or lotion on your face if you're using one. An entire shot glass is required for the rest of your body. If you're going to use a spray, don't be hesitant. You'll need to coat every inch liberally and rub it in with your hands.


You're forgetting the easy-to-skip parts

You always remember to cover your face, arms, chest, and legs, but the ears, lips, hands, and feet are commonly ignored. Over many years of sun exposure, these areas are most vulnerable to skin cancer.


Make a conscious effort to apply SPF to these frequently overlooked areas while applying sunscreen. You can even  make a checklist, hang it on your door, or sing "head, shoulders, knees, and toes." No shame! Keep a tube of SPF-loaded balm in your purse for your lips.


Your Sunscreen Isn't strong enough

Some sunscreen products aren't as high quality as others, just like not all face creams deliver on their promises. 


Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, meaning it will protect you from both UVA and UVB radiation. Also, go for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or greater, as this will protect you from 97% of the sun's damaging UVB rays.


You are not  Reapplying

You're probably also making the mistake of forgetting to reapply your sunscreen. One coat in the morning won't last all day, therefore reapplying is essential for protecting yourself from the sun's harmful rays. After several hours, sunscreen starts to wear off. If you're sweating, it may last less time, and much less if you go into the pool. Reapply sunscreen every two to three hours, especially if you're going to the beach or swimming.


Your sunscreen is no longer effective

It's tempting to reach for an old bottle of sunscreen rather than spend the money on a new tube, but trust us when we tell you that buying a new tube is well worth it. Also, double-check the expiration date on whatever you buy at the store because it could be old stock.


Sunscreen's active components are delicate and degrade with time. It simply won't work as well if the sunscreen has expired.


If you use sunscreen as often as you should, it will most likely run out before it reaches its expiration date. Make that your goal!