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4 Sunscreen Mistakes that can Lead to Burns

Stonegate Apartments - Tuesday, June 21, 2016
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Summer is here, which means it’s time to have fun in the sun! One thing that can make the sun not-so-fun is getting a sunburn. What’s worse is that sometimes, if it’s bad enough, a sunburn can leave permanent scarring and skin damage. Below are 4 sunscreen mistakes that can lead to sunburns:

  1. Failing to Reapply Often Enough: If you stay in the sun too long without reapplying sunscreen, your skin will eventually not be protected from the UV rays, resulting in sunburn and skin damage. Be sure to reapply often, especially if you are going in the water or sweating.
  2. Using the Wrong Type: Choose a sunscreen based on your skin type and coloration. If you are fair skinned, you may tend to burn more easily. Therefore, a higher SPF might be better for you.
  3. Not Applying in Advance: Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 minutes prior to heading out into the sun. This gives it time to soak into your skin.
  4. Forgetting to Cover Easy-to-Forget Areas: Make sure to cover areas you don’t usually think to, such as the tops of your feet, the back of your neck, and your ears.

Steer clear of the above mistakes, and you’ll reduce your risk of skin damage and burns from the sun’s UV rays!

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