A recent UK study published in the journal, Acta Dermato-Venereology, discovered sunscreen users are not receiving the full blocking benefits of sunscreen because they are simply applying a thinner layer than manufacturers recommend.
"Results showed that sunscreen with a sun protection factor (SPF) of 50, applied in a typical way, would at best provide 40% of the expected protection," stated in the King's College London study.
Professor Antony Young from King's College London told Science Daily, "There is no dispute that sunscreen provides important protection against the cancer causing impact of the sun's ultra violet rays. However, what this research shows is that the way sunscreen is applied plays an important role in determining how effective it is."
So, what can you do to make sure you're protecting your skin from the sun? Here are four key tips:
1. Turn to an SPF of 30 or higher.
2. Make sure you're wearing UPF clothing, seeking shade when possible and wearing a wide-brim hat and sunglasses.
3. Reapply your sunscreen every two hours.
4. Don't forget to apply on your entire body, especially your eyelids, ears and feet.
Source: Science Daily // Study: King's College London