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You may be surprised to know these things about sunscreen!

You may not be using enough.

Mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are usually thicker in appearance, so you might think you are using enough when you’re actually not. Pay close attention when using any sunscreens to ensure you’re properly covered. The Skin Cancer Foundation says to apply 1 ounce every two hours. That means you should drain around half a bottle on a long beach day.

Very high SPFs can be misleading.

Many chemists agree that these products don’t offer better sun protection at all, so people using them can inadvertently burn themselves. This year, studies found 61 products claiming to have an SPF of 70 or higher, and 15 advertised as above 100. So stick with one within the 30-50 SPF range.

Sunscreen sprays are actually not as effective.

Although they may be thinner and easier to apply, you’re less likely to apply an even coating on your skin for proper sun protection, plus the air-born chemicals pose an inhalation risk. Stick to a crème or roll on for better protection and coverage

Expired sunscreen doesn’t work well.

In fact, those dates on your sunscreen do matter. Sunscreens will usually last about two years unopened, but once you’ve used them, it’s a case of use it or throw it away. If it’s exposed to extreme heat as in stored in your car, this will hasten the separation process of its active ingredients, which renders it no longer effective. If it has a strange consistency, don’t use it!

You may not be using enough.

Mineral sunscreens like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are usually thicker in appearance, so you might think you are using enough when you’re actually not. Pay close attention when using any sunscreens to ensure you’re properly covered. The Skin Cancer Foundation says to apply 1 ounce every two hours. That means you should drain around half a bottle on a long beach day.

Beware of oxybenzone.

Oxybenzone is a common ultraviolet filtering ingredient used in many sunscreens, but it’s also a hormone disruptor and an allergen. Studies found it in 70% of non-mineral sunscreens that have been evaluated this year. You should seek to buy sun protection with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that are natural minerals, which are much safer sunscreen ingredients.

Using sunscreen alone does not prevent skin cancer.

Although Australia has adopted a great ‘slip, slop, slap’ awareness campaign in the past, using sunscreen alone does not solely protect you from skin cancer. The rates of melanoma have tripled over the past 35 years, so in addition to your Reflect8, avoid sunlight when it’s at its strongest, wear long-sleeved apparel, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes when you are outside.

“Water-resistant” labelled sunscreens can be deceiving.

Brands aren’t legally permitted to say sunscreens are “waterproof” or “sweatproof,” so they often think of more creative ways to promote this. Although the permitted term is “water-resistant”, companies must still indicate how long it is effective for. However, it’s almost impossible to gauge the accuracy of these claims. You should re-apply sunscreen as soon as you get out of the water and regularly throughout the day.

Your sunscreen should also protect you from UVA rays.

Many sunscreens will only provide UVB protection, the rays that can cause burning. But your sunscreen should also help fend off UVA rays too, even though these don’t burn skin. They pass right through it, where they work destructively, deep in your skin layers. That’s where your new skin cells are produced, along with your elastin and collagen. The result of this over a long time is sunspots, deeper wrinkles and a lack of firmness and elasticity. Ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide help fend off both UVA and UVB.

Reflect 8 is a light-diffusing daytime priming veil with sunscreen, and is totally safer to use.

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