8 Most Common Sunscreen Mistakes

Sunscreen mistakesIf you think that your skin is protected from the sun only because you apply some sunscreen to it, then you might want to read the following most common sunscreen mistakes people make and see whether you recognize any of your own habits.

Using Last Year’s Sunscreen

Every year, you probably look for an effective sunscreen and because you know how important it is for your skin’s health, you often invest some extra money to buy a good quality product.

But what happens if there is some or even a lot of that sunscreen left in the bottle when the summer finishes? Do you throw it away? The majority of people might answer “no” to this question, saying that they keep the rest for the following summer.


The bad news is that this is not the best thing to do so since our sunscreens are continuously being exposed to high temperatures which makes them ineffective and useless.

Still, if you have bought a sun block which you have never opened and stored it in a cool place, you can keep it for the next summer as long as it won’t expire.

Picking Up The Wrong Sunscreen For Your Skin Type

What are the first things to look at when you buy a sunblock? Is it maybe the SPF or how popular and well known a product is?

An important factor you need to think about especially when you are looking for the right sunscreen for your face is the type of skin which the product is mostly suitable for.

For example, if you have an oily, combination and prone to blemishes skin, you will need a different product than if you have a dry skin.

If you have sensitive skin or you want to buy a mineral sunscreen that is organic and non toxic, then you need to do a little more research than usual to find that truly beneficial and safe product for your skin.

Not Applying Sun Block Before Exposing Your Skin To The Sun

I used to do this a lot but the truth is that it is a harmful and non-practical habit. By applying sunscreen while I am still at home, I am better protected once I start sunbathing and also I do not need to look like the rubber girl trying to apply sunscreen to all of those areas that I can hardly reach.

At home, you can also be more thorough in applying the sunscreen cream or lotion everywhere, even on those areas that we tend to forget such as the the top of our feet. The best time is at least half an hour before you expose your skin to the sun.

Not Full Body Coverage

Have you ever applied sunscreen to the soles of your feet, toes, in between toes, armpits, ears, eyebrows or the inside of your arms? If the answer is no, then you are getting an idea of another common sunscreen mistake people make.


You need to use sunblock for all of these skin areas.

Not Using Enough Sunscreen

When it comes to how much sunscreen it is needed to protect the skin adequately, the answer is neither too much nor too little.

Also, don’t forget to renew it every once in a while since due to sweating and getting in and out of the sea or swimming pool, its effictiveness minimizes. The golden rule here is not “less is more”.

Does Water Resistant Sunscreen Need To Be Renewed?

Do you think that buying a water resistant sunscreen will keep you from applying sunscreen over and over again? The truth is that each time you go out of the water, you have to renew your sunscreen.

Also, when you do an intense physical activity which results in sweating, it is advisable to replenish your sun block every two hours. If you don’t do any of the above, you can reapply sunscreen, ideally, every 4 hours.

Is Sitting In The Shade Protective Enough?

Sitting in the shade can prevent sunburn but there is no way it can protect you from the ultraviolet sun rays, and the same thing goes when you travel by car.

Not Applying Sunscreen At The Right Time

This is a common sunscreen mistake that people make. Sunblock needs to be applied half an hour before the skin is exposed to the sun, so that it absorbs well and is ready to work as intended. So, if you haven’t applied sunscreen soon enough, your skin will become more vulnerable to the sun’s damaging effects.

In conclusion, these are the most common sunscreen mistakes people make and should avoid making if they want to get better sun protection for their skin and health.