All About Applying Sunscreen Properly

Sunscreen can protect your skin against skin cancer and premature ageing, however, if not applied correctly it can be ineffective.

BY ANJE HILL

Here are 5 easy tips from dermatologists to get the best protection for your skin:

1. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen, that has an SPF of 30 or higher, and provides broad-spectrum coverage, which means it protects you from UVA and UVB rays.

2. Always apply sunscreen before going outdoors. It takes roughly 15-30 minutes for your skin to absorb the sunscreen and to start protecting you.
Applying it in advance will also make it less likely to wash off when you perspire. If you wait until you are in the sun before you apply sunscreen, your skin is unprotected and can burn.

3. Apply enough sunscreen. Most adults need about ½ a teaspoon for their face alone and 35ml to fully cover their body. Rub the sunscreen thoroughly into your skin.

4. Apply sunscreen to all skin not covered by clothing. To protect your lips, apply a natural lip alm with at least an SPF15. Don’t forget your neck, face, ears, hands, tops of your feet and legs. For those hard-to-reach areas like your back, ask someone to help you or use a spray sunscreen. If you have thinning hair, either apply sunscreen to your scalp or wear a wide-brimmed hat.

5. To remain protected when outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or strenuous exercise. People who get sunburned usually haven’t used enough sunscreen, haven’t reapplied it after being in the sun or used an expired product. Your skin is exposed to the sun’s harmful UV rays every time you go outside, even on cloudy days and in the winter.

The Sunscreen Problem
Marine Sanctuaries are home to some of the ocean’s most biologically diverse and culturally significant marine areas, and we need to ensure that these critical areas are protected from harmful chemicals, in addition to other damaging practices like oil and gas extraction. The key to keeping ocean life happy is to find an SPF that uses physical UVA and UVB filters (as opposed to the chemical ones that are harmful to our seas). Check the back of your tube for active ingredients: zinc oxide and titanium
dioxide. They are not harmful to the ocean and will give you the protection that you need. Be kind to your skin and the planet.