sunscreen application

Most Sunscreen Users Aren't Applying Enough, Study Says

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. 

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"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

 

The One Place You're Probably Forgetting To Put Sunscreen

Can you guess where you're probably forgetting to put sunscreen? 

Answer: your eye area

Researchers from the University of Liverpool released findings from a study about how we apply SPF. They focused on the places we miss when we do apply. How did they do this? They asked a group of 57 women and men to apply sunscreen to their faces. Using a special camera, they captured the places the participants missed.

The findings were fascinating. 

About 13% of the participants missed the eyelids and about 77% missed the area between the corner of the eye and the bridge of the nose. 

Many sunscreen users probably think their sunglasses will protect their eyes – but they don't think of the damage if the sunglasses get taken off. Your eyelids are then exposed to the sun. Many users are also not use to applying sunscreen to this area in case it gets in their eyes. Ouch! 

According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, melanoma on the eyelid account for 5 to 10% of all skin cancers.

Don't forget your eyelid area the next time you apply (AND REAPPLY) your face sunscreen! Your skin will thank you.