When outdoors and in direct sunlight, most people are aware of the importance of applying sunscreen to the face and other exposed areas. But what happens when you applied it (and possibly re-applied it) and still got a suntan, sunburn or increased freckles or brown spots?
If you got a sunburn or suntan, the simple answer is: you didn’t re-apply or you didn’t apply enough to the skin to fully provide the protection it needs. Preventing your skin from getting exposure to the sun is not about how high the number of the sunscreen is, but rather how generously you apply it. Did you know that SPF 30 blocks 97% of the sun’s rays and SPF 50 only blocks 1% more? The FDA is considering banning any SPF higher than 50 since there is no evidence showing that it protects any more than SPF 30.
Aside from applying sunscreen generously, sunscreens wear off both from direct light and surprisingly, from oils produced on the skin. This is why men get sunburns on their noses from a day out on the golf course. Of all the areas on a person’s face, the nose has the largest pores due to oil production. So when men (and certainly women, too) get oily noses, sunscreens break down as well as attract UV rays, similar to how baby oil encourages sunlight.
Bottom line: If you got a sunburn or suntan, you must first apply sunscreen generously and re-apply it every hour. Many skin professionals will say every two hours, but if you’re really serious about protecting your skin from the sun, every hour is best to be on the safe side.
I suggest two sunscreen formulas that will effectively protect your skin from getting sunburns. Age Defense Moisturer SPF 30 is an all-mineral, chemical-free sunscreen for normal to dry, sensitive skin. You can read more information here.
If your skin is oily, sensitive and acne-prone, then you’ll love using Daily Protection SPF 30. You can read more information here.
Read: How to Soothe a Sunburn
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