The Right Way To Apply Sunscreen, Once And For All

June 29, 2016 by Caroline Pirozzolo
shefinds | beauty

While summer means more days spent by the beach or pool on the weekends, it also makes for some pretty nasty sunburn situations. We know, you’ve already heard a million times to lather up in order to avoid premature aging and skin cancer – but are you actually applying your sunscreen the right way? Read on for the common sunscreen mistakes you’re probably making – and how to fix them for good!

You’re probably not applying enough

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, you should be using enough sunscreen to fill a shot glass (or around 2 tablespoons) when it comes to covering your entire body. You should use a nickel-sized amount on your face alone!

You’re applying it with your swimsuit on

You know how you get those annoying burns around the outer edges of your swimsuit? It’s likely that you’re missing these spots when you’re applying SPF. To avoid tiny burned areas like these, always apply sunscreen before putting on a swimsuit so you cover all your bases.

You’re putting it on after spending time in the sun

It takes around 15 minutes for SPF to actually absorb into your skin and protect you. If you wait to apply it until after you’ve already hit the beach, you’re probably getting more UV rays than you realize.

You’re skipping your scalp

Your scalp is one of those areas that’s difficult to protect and easy to burn. To avoid a lot of pain down the road, either put your hair up (a topknot is my look of choice), or apply spray-in sunscreen to your part and follow it up with dry shampoo like Batiste Dry Shampoo ($7.99) to get rid of any greasiness.

You’re forgetting to lather your lips

Getting sunburned on your lips is no fun, and easily preventable. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends protecting your lips with a lip balm that has an SPF of at least 15. We like Sugar Lip Treatment ($24), which comes in a range of tints and shades for a kiss of color poolside.

Don’t miss other summer beauty tips and tricks: 5 At-Home Remedies To Treat Razor Burn and How To Check Your Moles Before Going To A Dermatologist

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