We’ve Been Applying Sun Cream Wrong All This Time

Posted on Jul 19 2016 - 2:38pm by Elana Tomlins

It’s the middle of July and for most places around the world, that means that we can bask in the glorious sunshine.

Whilst we love getting a sun kissed glow: first and foremost, we need to protect our skin, and that means applying the dreaded sun cream.

We get it: it’s sticky, it’s annoying, but it saves us from damaging our bodies largest organ so we can’t exactly complain.

Now, whilst most of us think that simply applying sun cream before we go outside and reapplying after we’ve been in water is enough, we’ve found out that this is actually completely wrong.

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According to NICE (National Institute of Health and Care Excellence):

“If someone plans to be out in the sun long enough to risk burning, sunscreen needs to be applied twice to exposed areas of skin: half an hour before, and again around the time they go out in the sun. This includes the face, neck and ears (and head if someone has thinning or no hair), but a wide-brimmed hat is better.”

We can’t be the only ones who thought twice a day was enough?! Now we’ve got to apply it twice before we even step foot in the sun?!

If it means that we will be keeping our skin healthy and happy then we’ll have to grin and bare it, after all – no-one wants to look like a lobster all summer do they?

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So, there you have it. Make sure you’re applying sun cream half an hour before you leave the house, again just before you step out the door and carry on applying throughout the day according to the manufacturers instructions, especially if you’ve been in and out of water.

Have a safe and happy Summer!