Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. In most scenarios, it’s preventable if you use sunscreen. So today I’m sharing 7 sunscreen mistakes people commonly make [me included].
7 Sunscreen Mistakes to Stop Making Now:
- You only put your sunscreen on when you go to the beach. You should be applying sunscreen to your face e-v-e-r-y s-i-n-g-l-e d-a-y. In the Summer I put sunscreen on my arms and legs too in the morning if I know I’m going to be running around outside. Also, if you drive to work every day don’t forget your arms!
- When did I put on my sunscreen? No sunscreen works for 24 hours, in fact, most only last 90 minutes. So if you’re outside or at the beach read the label and reapply as instructed.
- What year is this from? If you can’t remember when you purchased your sunscreen you shouldn’t be using it. Yes, sunscreen expires.
- You apply your sunscreen when you’re already in the sun. Sunblock needs to be absorbed into your skin. Apply 30 minutes prior to your time in the sun.
- Red spot! I love spray sunblock as much as the next person but you have to make sure you cover every spot. So the best way to apply is before you put your bikini on and don’t be afraid to apply a lot!
- I only need sunscreen. Nope. You also need a hat and some good UVA/B sunglasses that will help protect your scalp, ears, and eyes.
- I don’t need sunscreen on a cloudy day. You can still get burnt even if it’s overcast.
Be sure to get your hands on some Coola sunscreen. I especially love the lip balm, because sun burnt lips are the worst. They offer a wide selection of mineral based sunscreens and many of their products have an organic base! Plus they smell amazing (and who doesn’t want to smell less like a sweaty armpit at the beach?!).