Why You're Applying Your Sunscreen Wrong

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Suncreen is seriously important, we probably don't need to tell you that. But it's not just during the summer months when you need to be vigilant. It's also imperative that we all wear an SPF during the winter months, too. That way, we protect ourselves from premature ageing, skin damage, and skin cancer. 

But even if you do all of the above, there's a way many of us are being complacent with our sunscreen that we may not have realised. Just because you buy a sunscreen with an SPF of 50, it doesn't mean that you are fully protected and there's a good reason why. Keep scrolling to find out why you're applying your sunscreen wrong and how to do it correctly.

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According to a study undertaken by Northwestern University, the patients who took part were unable to correctly identify how powerful or how much protection you get from the sun's UV rays. While it makes sense to believe that SPF 15 offers half the protection that an SPF 30 does, that's simply not the case. In fact, SPF 30 blocks out 97% of the sun's rays, whereas factor 15 protects you by 93%. 

Essentially, as The Atlantic notes, there's a "psychological paradox." We believe that by choosing a high factor, we'll be completely protected and so tend not to reapply.

Question: Have you ever applied a high factor but still wound up burnt? Well, there's your answer. The truth is, when we opt for something of a lower SPF value, we will reapply more. So, what's the best way to ensure you're protected? Keep scrolling for our easy-to-use guide. 

Do you think you're apply sunscreen wrong? Let us know how you stay safe in the sun and make sure you shop some SPF before you head off on holiday.

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