5 Sunscreen Mistakes You’re Probably Making

Updated: June 14, 2019
There is so much information out there about sunscreen, how can you make sure you’re protecting yourself and your little ones the right way?
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Unfortunately, misusing sunscreen and suncare products is more common than you might think! Luckily there are ways you can correct these typical mistakes so you and your kids can enjoy summertime fun without getting sunburnt.

More: Your Guide to Sunscreen for All Ages

You’re Not Wearing Enough

For starters, you may not be wearing enough sunscreen to have full coverage everywhere. A golf ball sized dollop should be enough to cover your entire (adult) body, and if you’re using less than that, you may not be using enough. Use that analogy as a frame of reference to better judge how much sunscreen your kids should be using, too. Another good judge to see if you’re using enough sunscreen is whether or not you have to regularly purchase new bottles depending on their sizes.

You’re Not Reapplying Enough

A higher SPF does not equal longer time in the sun. No matter if you’re wearing SPF 95 or 15, you still need to regularly reapply your sunscreen to maintain full coverage. Rather than using a higher SPF and not reapplying as frequently, layer a full spectrum sunscreen every two hours. Most sunscreens last about two hours at most, less if you’re going into the pool or ocean, so set alarms on your phone to remind you to lather up.

You Only Wear Sunscreen At The Beach

Not only should you be using sunscreen for any and all summertime activities, you should be actively applying it even when you’re not lounging by the beach or pool. Especially when you’re in the car, at the park, or just playing in the backyard, make sure everyone in your family is protected with sunscreen.

You Rely On Hats Or Umbrellas

Even if you’re just running to the store, or think you’ll largely be covered by a shady spot on the beach, wearing a full spectrum sunscreen at all times can protect your skin. A big floppy hat (for you or your kiddo) is not only a fashionable accessory, but it can be used as a supplement to your favorite sunscreen.

You Think The SPF In Makeup Is Enough

This obviously doesn’t apply to the kids, but parents shouldn’t assume that they’re getting enough SPF in their makeup or skincare products as you would be with a full spectrum sunscreen. Even if it says SPF 30, make sure you’re also using a sunscreen. Luckily, there have been many innovations in the cosmetic industry that allow you to wear sunscreen without compromising on your makeup look.

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