Common sunscreen mistakes

Posted on: July 17th, 2015 by JayHawkPharmacyBlogger

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In last week’s blog, we talked about how to stay safe in the summer heat. For today’s blog, we thought we would touch on another summer hazard: sunburns.

Most people think it’s pretty easy to stay safe from the sun. Just slap on some sunscreen, and you’re okay, right? But, most people don’t use sunscreen the way they’re supposed to. And what you don’t know can have long-lasting consequences, including melanoma, a dangerous form of skin cancer. We have listed the most common sunscreen application mistakes below:

Expired sunscreen

It’s tempting to just get out that giant bottle of sunscreen from last year and use that over and over until it’s gone. Unfortunately, once a bottle of sunscreen expires, that’s it—it no longer functionally keeps out the sun. Its active ingredient has ceased to work.

Leaving the sunscreen bottle in the heat

If you take a bottle of sunscreen with you to the beach, stick it in the cooler with all the drinks. This is because if sunscreen is left in the heat, its active ingredients can be destroyed, rendering the sunscreen ineffective.

Not reapplying it

Sunscreen only lasts maybe two hours tops, and that’s for the particularly strong stuff. Make sure you keep applying sunscreen throughout the day if you plan to be outside for extended periods of time. Also, if you’re in the water, your sunscreen will wear off more quickly. So, a day at the beach or pool needs to involve frequent reapplication of sunscreen.

Relying on the sunscreen in your makeup

Your foundation will come off throughout the day, so this isn’t the most efficient way to protect your face. Plus, the sunscreen in makeup doesn’t include a high SPF, so it’s not as potent as what you would take to the beach.

Just remember the next time you head out for a day of summer fun to not forget the sunscreen—and to recognize its limits! Stop by Jayhawk Pharmacy the next time you need to stock up on this summer necessity and pick up a bottle or two.

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