5 Tips To Applying Suncream

With Summer holiday season upon us, it’s important to refresh your mind with being vigilant about applying suncream. Some would think it’s pretty simple, you just apply it, but everyone’s skin differs so from factors, to applying time, here’s a few things to take note of.

1. Apply before you go 

It takes at least 15 minutes for your skin to absorb suncream and start working, so apply it before you go out in the sun or you’ll spend the first 20 minutes or so getting burnt.

2. Even when it’s cloudy

You are still exposed to UVA rays through clouds, so even on those grey days on holiday, apply factor to protect your skin. You should in fact always wear suncream on your face at home as those UVA rays are constantly damaging your skin without you knowing it.

3. About last year

If you burnt yourself badly in one area last year (or all over), you’ll be more susceptible to burning again in that area this year. So be vigilant about where you’re applying and protecting that bit extra.

4. Reapply every 2 hours

And this is a minimum. If you’re in and out of the water or tend to sweat a lot, then you should be reapplying once you’re dry again. Technically, the factor number works like this: if your non-protected skin burns after 20 minutes, then a factor 15 theoretically protects your skin for 15 times longer. If however you notice your skin looking a little red after even half an hour, reapply.

5. 15 and up

Factor 15 is the minimum you should be reaching for when you’re buying your suncream. The lesser the number, the more you’re exposing yourself to sun damage and premature ageing – and we don’t want that ladies!

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