Dermatologist revealed: We are using sunscreen incorrectly, be careful about the amount you apply
How to best protect yourself from the sun? A question you probably ask yourself more often now than during other parts of the year. How much cream is enough, should it be reapplied after bathing, are the questions we often seek answers to when we get sunburnt or just before sunbathing.
It is recommended to wear clothing and hats as much as possible and to use a wide range of sunscreens.
"If you've been in the water or sweating for a while, reapply every few hours, and it's best to stay under an umbrella whenever you can so you're not in direct sun," says Lawrence Green, MD, board-certified dermatologist and clinical professor. in dermatology at George Washington University School of Medicine.
Green further suggests using sunscreens or lotions rather than sprays for practical reasons.
"When you use a spray, a lot of it goes into the air, not onto the skin, so you have less protection than you think. They can also leave you with uneven protection if you don't rub them in completely," explains the doctor.
It is considered that the amount of cream we need to apply is equal to one to two ping-pong balls on the areas exposed to the sun.
"Don't forget sensitive areas, such as the face, ears, the back of the neck and the tops of the feet, or hard-to-reach places like the back," says the dermatologist.