Are we doing something wrong here?
Evidently yes, even though more and more of us are rubbing, spraying, slathering this stuff like never before.
Here’s a checklist of what many of us are doing wrong — when we think we are doing right.
- Not using enough. You need a golfball size dollop for adequate coverage.
- Not applying often enough. You need to re-apply every two hours.
- Don’t rely on “water-resistant” for long-lasting coverage. Re-apply more frequently. And don’t look for “waterproof.” It’s off the market since there is no such thing as waterproof sunscreen.
- Forgetting about clothes and caps. You can bathe in a vat of sunscreen and it isn’t going to protect you 100 percent. Clothing and coverups will help.
- Using a spray. Seriously, we just don’t know if spray is effective. Plus, we think people tend to inhale the stuff, which may not be good in the short, or long run.
- Not using “broad spectrum.” You need the UVA and UVB protection. read the label, please.
- Not hitting SPF 15. Anything less is a swiss cheese coverage.
Then again, go past SPF50 and you’re wasting your money. SPF 80 or 100 is like applying liquid gold — and you don’t really get that much extra protection. I use 30s and 40s.
Forget the “seal of approval” or endorsements. Sure, the Skin Cancer Foundation will stamp its seal on your product … for a $10,000 “donation”. Oooh, now that burns.