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10 common sunscreen mistakes that you are ignoring

Using sunscreen is essential for healthy and glowing skin. But are you using it correctly? Sunscreen is crucial for your skincare routine. However, just applying a small amount while stepping out of the house is not enough for protection. Additionally, did you know you may need sunscreen protection even indoors? All these and more constitute the common mistakes you may be making while applying sunscreens. In this blog, we will dive deep into the top 10 common sunscreen mistakes that you must avoid. Let’s start!


In This Article:

The Need For Sunscreen

10 Common Mistakes While Applying Sunscreen

The Need For Sunscreen

A good quality sunscreen protects your skin from harmful UVB and UVA rays, which can cause premature ageing and sunburns. This protection is crucial when you step out in the summer or even on cloudy days. A good broad-spectrum sunscreen not only provides protection outdoors but also indoors. It protects you from blue light as well. 

10 Common Mistakes While Applying Sunscreen

Knowing about these common mistakes will help you learn how to use sunscreen correctly.

1. Not Applying Enough

A tiny dab of sunscreen won't do the job. For effective protection against UVA and UVB rays, apply a generous amount to your body and face. Hence, it's advisable to use two finger lengths of sunscreen on your face and neck.

2. Skipping Certain Parts Of Your Body

Sometimes, we forget to protect certain body parts, assuming they're not as important. But every exposed area needs sunscreen, including the face, neck, ears, and elbows. For complete protection, consider using SPF lip balm for your lips as well.

3. Not Reapplying

Using sunscreen once isn't sufficient for all-day protection. Even if you apply sunscreen in the morning, you must reapply regularly. You're not fully protected from the sun's harmful rays without reapplication. It is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours during the day.

4. Applying Only Under Direct Sunlight

Some think sunscreen is only necessary on sunny days, but that's not true. You must apply sunscreen daily. Besides, seek shade during peak sunny times. Use umbrellas or shelters for extra protection. No matter how harsh or not the sun is on a given day, sunscreen should be a daily practice.

5. Using The Wrong SPF

Picking any sunscreen without checking the label could be a mistake. Make sure to choose an SPF that suits your skin type. Opt for higher SPF. SPF 30 or higher offers better protection. Pay attention to the label to ensure you use the right SPF for your skin.

Check if your sunscreen is labeled "broad spectrum" to shield against UVB and UVA rays. Look for "PA" on the label. It indicates protection against UVA rays. Higher PA means better UVA protection. Your ideal option is our Hyaluronic Acid and Pro-Ceramides Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA +++. It is a clinically tested In-Vivo sunscreen gel that shields your skin against UVA, UVB, and Blue light. This means it is tested on real human skin, giving you the results it promises. Our patented Pro-Ceramides technology helps strengthen your skin barrier, ensuring healthier skin. Also, Hyaluronic Acid helps in retaining skin moisture keeping your skin well-hydrated.

7. Applying Sunscreen After Going Outdoors

Don't wait until you're already outside to apply sunscreen. You must know when to apply sunscreen. For maximum effectiveness against harmful UVA and UVB rays, it is always advisable to apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.

 8. Neglecting To Apply Sunscreen On Cloudy Days

Even on cloudy days, harmful UV rays can still pass through and harm your skin. Therefore, make sure to apply sunscreen regularly, whether it's sunny or cloudy.

9. Not Applying Sunscreen Indoors

It's a common misconception that sunscreen isn't necessary indoors, but sunlight can still reach your skin through windows. Also, the gadgets that we use emit blue light that may be harmful to your skin. That's why it's important to apply sunscreen at home as well.

10. Neglecting To Wear Sunscreen Under Makeup

Applying makeup but skipping sunscreen? That's a bad move. While some makeup products have SPF, it is not enough. Always use sunscreen before makeup to protect your skin properly.


Simply knowing how to apply sunscreen to your face isn't sufficient. It's crucial to use it correctly. By avoiding the above-mentioned common sunscreen application mistakes, you can maximise your sun protection and keep your skin healthy. Your skin will appreciate the attention and care you give it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: 1 Why does my skin get dark after applying sunscreen?

A. Your skin might darken after using sunscreen because some ingredients may not be right for your skin type. Some harsh chemicals may interact with direct sunlight and make your skin look darker.

Q: 2 How do you know if sunscreen is working or not?

A. If you apply sunscreen properly and regularly but still get sunburned, know that the sunscreen isn't effective. A broad-spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen provides maximum protection.

Q: 3 What happens if you use sunscreen every day?

A. Using sunscreen daily reduces the risks associated with sun exposure by protecting your skin from harmful UV rays.

Q: 4 How long does sunscreen take to show results?

A. For effective protection, apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to UV exposure. Additionally, it is recommended to reapply sunscreen every two hours.

Written by Samradni Pradhan on Apr 02, 2024
Samradni combines her love for exploring diverse beauty products with her knack for expressive writing. She delivers engaging content in the world of beauty with confidence and insight.

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