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3 Sunscreen Mistakes to Avoid

If you’re fond of visiting a skincare clinic or reading beauty tips, you may already be tired of being reminded how important it is to apply sunscreen every day. What you may not know is that even if you comply with this rule, you may still be in danger from sun exposure due to the following mistakes:

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You miss common spots like the ears, scalp, and lips
You need to cover more than your arms, legs, chest, and back with sunscreen. Dr. Gustafson says she often sees patients develop skin cancer on commonly missed areas like the scalp, ear, lips, front and back of neck, backs of hands, and top of the feet. Basal or squamous cell cancers (slow-spreading cancer in the outer layer of skin) most commonly affect these areas because they’re frequently exposed to sun. Look for lip balms with SPF included and reapply every 90 minutes to two hours, she says. While there are sunscreens specifically for the scalp, you can also use a spray and rub it in. These are surprising places you didn’t realize you could get skin cancer. Source: RD

You think sunscreen is your best defense against sun damage 
“Sunscreen should really be the last line of defence,” says Dr. Cook. In other words, we should prioritize things like wearing sun-protective clothing, staying in the shade and remaining inside mid-day when the sun is at its strongest. Of course, these protective measures aren’t always possible, so sunscreen will help us avoid damage when we can’t help but be exposed to the rays. Dr. Cook says it’s never healthy to just lie in the sun—even if you’re wearing a strong sunscreen. Source: CanadianLiving

You slather on too late
Most chemical sunscreens “must be applied about 30 minutes before you go in the sun,” says Steven Rotter, a dermatologist in Vienna, Virginia, and a spokes­person for the Skin Cancer Foundation. “It takes that long for the ingredients to activate and start absorbing UV rays.” In contrast, physical sunscreens, with ingredients such as titanium oxide and zinc oxide, work straight from the bottle, because they literally block UV 
rays like a stone wall, rather than absorb­ing them, so there 
is a minimal activation period. Source: RealSimple

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