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10 Mistakes You Didn’t Know You Were Making When it comes to Sun Protection

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December 5, 2021

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We make many skincare mistakes and don’t even know about them. They might not seem like a big deal, but over time they can cause damage to your skin. This blog article will look at the 10 most prevalent sunscreen mistakes that people make without even realizing it. Once you’re finished reading, you’ll be able to identify these mistakes and avoid them in the future!

FACT: The skin is the largest organ that your body has, and it also takes up about 15% of your total weight. You should take care of your skin as much as possible because it’s your first line of defense and protects you from harmful substances.

It would be best if you avoid making these mistakes so that you can have healthy-looking skin even at any age!

Not using sunscreen: One of the people’s most common mistakes is not using sunscreen regularly. I’m talking summer and winter, spring and autumn. Sunscreen protects you from harmful UV rays that are around all year long and can cause skin cancer and other problems down the road. Skipping sunscreen on cloudy days: Many people think that they don’t need to wear sunscreen when it’s cloudy out, but this isn’t true. Clouds don’t block UV rays; you’re still exposed.

Using the wrong type of sunscreen: A lot of people also make the mistake of using the wrong kind of sunscreen. SPF50 gives a false sense of security, thinking you are protected for longer. But in reality, you still need to reapply sunscreen, especially after sweating or swimming.

Not applying enough sunscreen: Using too little or not spreading it out very well will cause the product to fail because there are areas that don’t have any protection. You should always apply a generous amount of sunscreen everywhere on your skin and massage it into your skin so that it can absorb properly. When you tell me SPF is in your foundation or moisturizer, that’s not enough. Unless you use a mineral sunscreen often seen in mineral makeup, you still need to apply a separate sunscreen.

Using expired sunscreen: All sunscreens have an expiration date on the bottle. If the sunscreen has been sitting around for a long time, it might not work as well or could even cause your skin to burn. You should check the expiration date every once in a while and make sure that you are using new sunscreens all year round! If your product has expired, then throw it away immediately because they are no longer effective at protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

Not using sunglasses: Many people also don’t wear sunglasses when they’re outside, which is another mistake. MSH is a hormone secreted from the pituitary gland (in your brain) when the eyes absorb UVR. MSH produced from the pituitary gland increases by being exposed to UV light. Having high levels of MSH leads to increased production of melanin. 

Applying sunscreen too late: You should use your sunscreen for at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun. This will allow the sunscreen to absorb into your skin and protect it fully. If you do not, you’re at a higher risk of getting burned.

Relying on sunscreen alone: Sunscreen is not the only thing you should be using to protect your skin from the sun. You should also wear a hat, sunglasses, and long sleeves when possible. Use antioxidants: Antioxidants are super important for your skin because they fight off free radicals that damage cells. You should apply antioxidants such as green tea and vitamin C to the skin daily to help keep it healthy and looking young.

Not exposing yourself to sunlight: skin pigmentation (melanin) is an essential photoprotective factor since melanin acts as a shield — think of it like an umbrella opened up over your skin cells. The protective role of melanin in the skin is happening when your skin is darkening, developing a ‘tan.’ Exposure to sunlight in moderation is essential because it allows you to build up a tolerance and get the benefits of sunlight.

Not checking ingredients. Products with certain fragrances have been known to create hyperpigmentation. Always check ingredients, or when in doubt, check with your skin expert to avoid these products and don’t have any adverse reactions on the skin!

Being sunburned repeatedly: Repeated sunburns can cause skin cancer, which is why it’s so important to be diligent with your sun protection. This can cause severe skin damage and age your appearance faster than usual! It would be best if you always took care to avoid sunburns because it can damage your skin and lead to cancer later on down the line. If you do get a sunburn, make sure to apply appropriate aftercare to help reduce the inflammation.

Sun protection is not something you should take lightly. It’s essential to understand the mistakes commonly made when it comes to sun safety to avoid these pitfalls and protect your skin year-round. One of the most common mistakes people make is using expired sunscreen or forgetting about applying a different type of protection for their eyes with sunglasses or hats in addition to wearing SPF on all exposed areas of skin.

You also want to be sure that you’re checking ingredients before purchasing any products if they have certain fragrances that could cause hyperpigmentation in some sensitive individuals! The good news is there are still things you can do outside of just using sunscreen alone – like avoiding being out during peak hours, staying covered up, and protecting your eyes with sunglasses or hats.


Sun protection is important year-round, so be sure to follow these tips! Using sunscreen is only one part of the equation for avoiding harmful UV rays. By following these tips, you can help keep your skin healthy and looking young for years to come.

Karen xx

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