How to apply sunscreen properly
Sticks, sprays, gels and lotions… there’s more sunscreen choices
than ever to suit your preference and skin type. Once you decide which you
would prefer to use, it’s important to know how to apply it correctly for
proper sun protection to lessen risk of sunburn or skin cancer.
Ensure that every part of your body exposed to direct sunlight is
covered. Apply the sunscreen BEFORE you get outdoors. Make sure you apply a
generous amount and rub it in well. If you are going to be swimming or
exercising, it’s best to apply sunscreen before you change into your bathers or
workout clothes as these might move around while you’re active.
An adult needs to use about 35ml of sunscreen for their whole body
– make sure you are using an adequate amount. A 100ml tube of sunscreen is only
enough for 3 applications.
If you can’t reach your back or shoulders ask a family member to
help, or use something like a makeup brush with a long handle to reach.
Don’t forget your neck all the way up to your hairline, ears, feet
(including toes) and hands. If you are prone to sensitivity or prefer a lighter
feel sunscreen, there are specific types for the face to be worn underneath