Sun creams and lotions can be very effective at protecting your skin against the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun. However, even with so many cases of skin cancer and other skin-related problems increasing each day, many people do not know how to effectively use it in order to get the maximum skin protection.
The first error that many people make actually comes with the purchasing of sun creams. Make sure you are purchasing a good lotion that will protect you against both UVA and UVB rays (many times lotions will only protect against UVB rays). UVB rays are the rays that cause sunburn, so it is very good to protect against that. However, UVA rays are those that cause melanoma or skin cancer.
The second error people make is that they do not use an effective amount of SPF coverage. Obviously, the higher SPF the better, but you have to remember to use enough of the sun cream to get that SPF rated benefit. Even if you have an SPF 45 cream, if you only use ¼ of the rated amount, then you only have ¼ of that protection! So, make sure you pour on the sun tan lotion – it should take a little bit of effort to get the cream to blend into your skin.
Finally, many people just put the sun lotion on right before they go out into the sun or the water. This is horrible! You should put it on about 30 minutes before you go out into the sun, especially if you are going to get wet. Then, after you have been out in the sun for about 30 minutes, put some more on, then continue to reapply the sun tan cream every 2 hours thereafter. Yes, this may seem like a lot, but it is what is necessary if you want the best protection from the sun.