Five Sunscreen Mistakes You Might be Making

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When you visit Myrtle Beach for your summer vacation, it’s essential to plan well for sun. Not only can a sunburn put a serious damper on your vacation, but you can also do permanent damage to your skin.

And if the danger of permanent skin damage isn’t enough to convince you to take care with your skin, a new study recently found using sunscreen daily actually slowed aging. Plus, if you’ve got kids, you know children’s skin is even more tender than adults’.

In the interest of helping you and your family avoid sunscreen mistakes, we pulled together this list of five common sunscreen mistakes you might be making:

1. You’re only paying attention to SPF.
The term SPF only applies to the UVB rays that cause sunburns, but UVA rays damage skin, as well. What you want to look for is sunscreen that is labeled “broad spectrum.” If it’s labeled with broad spectrum, you know it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

2. You only put on sunscreen when it’s sunny out.
You can get sunburns on overcast days, especially when you’re near water, which is often the case in Myrtle Beach. So put on the sunscreen even on cooler days, and even when the sun’s not out.

3. You only put on sunscreen in the morning.
Sunscreen only lasts a maximum of about two hours—less if you’re sweating or swimming, which means if you’re at the beach or by the pool, you need to apply even more often. But even if you’re just walking on the boardwalk, it’s a good idea to re-apply your sunscreen every couple of hours.

4. You rely on your sunscreen for total protection from the sun.
The fact is, no matter how high the SPF, even if you get broad spectrum protection, even if you reapply every 45 minutes, sunscreen can’t give you 100 percent protection from the sun’s damaging rays. You should also take breaks from the sun, either under an umbrella or by spending time indoors—that’s why choosing a resort that has indoor pools is such a good idea. And don’t forget about other ways to cover up—beach cover-ups, hats and sunglasses all help reduce your exposure.

5. You don’t use enough.
Don’t try to save money by using less sunscreen. Less is not more when it comes to sunblock—you should use at least enough sunscreen to fill a shot-glass for your whole body, and even more if you’re larger. You should strive to use up a bottle of sunscreen as quickly as possible, as sunscreen won’t last forever. It will lose its potency over time.

There’s a good chance you were making one of these sunscreen mistakes—and you’re not alone! Hopefully reading up on these tips will help keep you safe from the sun this summer while you’re in Myrtle Beach.

 

Posted 6/18/13