No Wonder Y'All Are Burnt: You're Putting Sunscreen On WRONG

2017-01-20 23:22:16Z
Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller
Hayley Mitchelhill-Miller

A Girl Has No Name... But if you must know I'm Hayley, aka Numpty 'coz I'm a clutz. I'm a Scoopla content producer, actor, martial artist, and you'll often find me binge-watching Netflix with my partner.

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Summer has been by our side for a month and a half now, and despite the sunshine it has blessed us with, we have all complained about the extreme temperatures and our sunburns... 

Let's face it, some of you haven't been good guys and gals in the slip, slop, slap department, and ended up looking like a lobster after a fun day out. 

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You probably looked at yourself in the mirror later that day, or had someone gasp in horror at your red appearance, only to think to yourself: "But I put sunscreen on... what is this?!"

Well, it turns out that most of us might be putting on sunscreen the wrong way and it's the reason we're ending up like lobsters. 

According to the Cancer Council Australia, we should be applying a teaspoon of sunscreen to each limb. 

The Chair of Cancer Council Australia's Skin Cancer Committee, Craig Sinclair, explained that, "The average adult should us at least a teaspoon for each limb, one teaspoon for the front of the torso, one for the back, and one for the head.

"This means a full adult application would be around 35ml and a 100ml bottle is only really enough for three full body applications."

Looks like our bottles are looking too full, then. 

He also said, "Make sure you apply your sunscreen twenty minutes before heading outdoors and reapply every two hours. 

"You should reapply more regularly if you are swimming, sweating or towel drying."

We could all take note of these things, especially when we trust water-resistant sunscreen so much, as even that type of sunscreen needs to be reapplied after swims!

Be sure to use other forms of sun protection, as sunscreen is only used to slow down the burning process - it doesn't prevent it entirely. 

Stay sun safe this summer! 

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Image Credit: Warner Bros.

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