Factors that Make Sunscreen LESS Effective

We all know that sunscreen plays an imperative role is staying safe while spending time in the sun. But, what happens when we wear sunscreen and are still getting sunburnt? There are several factors that can contribute to actually making your sunscreen less effective, making it easier for burning to happen.

1. Drugs and prescription medication: Research shows that sometimes sunscreen does not work as well if you have certain drugs in your body. These drugs can cause photo-toxic reactions, which increase sun sensitivity. Be sure to read the labels of your medication carefully before going out into the sun! 

2. Acne Treatments: Acne treatments, antihistamines like Benadryl, and some forms of antibiotics are often linked to sun sensitivity.

3. Food: Skin could be extra vulnerable if you eat foods like celery and citrus fruits, particularly limes. 

4. Alcohol: Your body metabolizes alcohol into acetaldehyde, which makes the skin very sun sensitive. You should try to avoid drinking too much while out in the sun.

5. Expired Sunscreen: If you’re using sunscreen from last summer, it’s likely expired and not working properly. Check the labels before using any sunscreen. 

6. Time: It's possible that you are not giving you skin long enough for the sunscreen to work properly. It’s optimal to apply it 20 to 30 minutes before you’re in the sun.

So, if you're frustrated with still getting sunburnt even though you wear sunscreen, be sure to remember these 6 factors. And remember to always wear protective clothing for extra protection and a Sunburn Alert UV Wristband or Sticker to keep you on top of your sun-safety game! 

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