Sunscreen is great, and it’s fantastic that you try to use it every time you go out in the sun. But one study mentioned in a Prevention online article stated that nine out of 10 people don’t do a good enough job when applying sunscreen.
So what’s the deal? Just like condoms, its effectiveness is only as good as how well you put it on—every time. According to the article, the right way to apply is to use a full ounce of lotion with each application to adequately cover your whole body. Focus on each area you are applying lotion to, and don’t forget feet, tops of ears, temples, and the back of your neck. Additionally, don’t forget to re-apply once you’ve been in the sun for a couple hours, like most bottles of sunscreen recommend.
Did you also know you should put the lotion directly on your skin, and not on your hands first? Putting it on your hands first can make the lotion that’s supposed to be protecting your skin stick to your palms. Don’t like sunscreen? Opt for a wide-brimmed hat and dressing to cover your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
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Christine Jeffries is a writer/editor for work and at heart, and lives in a home of testosterone with her husband and two sons. Christine is interested in women’s health and promoting strong women.