3 Tips For Using Sunscreen

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If you’re like me, sunscreen is something that you only use when you go on vacation. But as someone who has spent a lot of time in the sun, I’ve learned that it’s important to protect your skin year-round. Although sunscreen can help prevent skin cancer and aging, it’s not always easy to choose the right product for your needs. That’s why I’m here with three tips for using sunscreen properly:

Reapply at least every 2 hours, especially if you are swimming or sweating.

The first step to protecting your skin is to use sunscreen. But if you’re not reapplying it every 2 hours, you’re going to do a lot more harm than good.

Why? Because the sun’s rays bounce off of water and sand, so even if the bottle says “waterproof,” water can actually break down sunscreen pretty quickly. This can lead to sunburns and skin damage that could cause wrinkles and cancer later in life!

So how often should we be reapplying our sunscreen? I recommend at least once every two hours—more often if you are swimming or sweating profusely (which also makes it easier for sweat and oil from your skin get into the sunscreen). If this seems like too much work, try an all-in-one facial moisturizer with SPF for easy application throughout the day without having to worry about remembering multiple products!

Use a broad spectrum sunscreen with UVA and UVB protection.

This is the most important part of using sunscreen. You want to use a broad spectrum sunscreen, which means it protects against UVA and UVB rays.

You should know that UVB rays cause sunburns, while UVA rays are more likely to cause skin damage over time—like wrinkles, age spots, and cancer. Both UVA and UVB contribute to skin cancer development so it’s important you protect yourself from both types of rays with a broad spectrum sunscreen (Sun Protection Factor or SPF 30 or higher).

Broad spectrum sunscreens will typically have an SPF of 15-50+ but I’d recommend going for something in the 30-50 range for maximum protection against aging and burning rays (and if you’re swimming or sweating heavily outdoors). If possible opt for water resistant formulas instead of regular ones as they tend to last longer on your skin in hot weather conditions such as swimming pools or beaches where there is lots of water involved (you’ll also have less risk getting them rubbed off by yourself).

Wear SPF 30 or higher.

The SPF rating on a sunscreen is a measure of how well it protects against UVB rays, which are the primary cause of sunburn and skin cancer. While SPF 30 blocks 97% of UVB rays, SPF 50 blocks 98%, and SPF 100 blocks 99%. Therefore, you might be tempted to think that higher is better when it comes to sunscreen—but there’s more to consider than just your personal tolerance for pain or discomfort.

The FDA doesn’t require companies to test SPFs beyond their stated range (30-100), so there’s no way for consumers to know for sure if they’re getting what they pay for if they choose one with higher numbers. Additionally, many sunscreens have lower amounts of active ingredients per ounce than others do—so even though their sun protection factor may seem impressive on paper, this could just be an indication that less actual product has been used during testing rather than offering any real benefit over cheaper options like Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry Touch Sunblock Lotion ($8).

Sunscreen is important because it prevents skin cancer and skin aging.

Sunblock does more than just protect you from the sun’s UV rays; it also helps prevent skin cancer and aging.

The two types of UV rays that cause damage to the body are UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can cause skin aging, including wrinkles, age spots and sagging. UVB rays are more intense closer to the equator, causing cells in your skin called keratinocytes to produce melanin—the pigment that gives your body color (this is why people with dark complexions are less likely to develop melanoma). When these cells produce too much melanin they begin as malignant tumors known as basal cell carcinomas or squamous cell carcinomas on your face.[1] Sunscreen can help prevent this type of cancer by blocking out harmful sunlight before it reaches these dangerous levels.


We hope this post has been useful to you and that you will be able to apply the tips we shared in it. Remember, sunscreen is an incredibly important product, so protect yourself from the sun’s damaging rays with a good SPF!

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