WRONG: We don’t use sunscreen during the first days of
summer or holidays, when we still aren’t tanned.
RIGHT: White skin types are less protected against the harmful sun
radiation. That means that we need more protection in the first days of our
holidays when we are not tanned.
Our skin will get tanner even if we use a high protection sunscreen. We
should start with a high protection sunscreen and then when we get tanner, we
can use a lower one if we want. When we tan gradually, the tan will last for
longer. Sudden sun exposure can increase the likelihood of skin cancer more
than a gradual exposure to the sun.
WRONG: We use sunscreen after we have arrived to the beach
and gone into the sea.
RIGHT: We use sunscreen before we leave the house, hotel etc. Sunscreen
is more effective 15- 20 minutes after the application.
WRONG: We apply sunscreen just once.
RIGHT: All sunscreen have to be reapplied every 2 hours,
approximately. In addition, after swimming, shower, sweating (eg. when playing
rackets, beach- volley) we should reapply even if we did less than 2 hours ago.
WRONG: We use sunscreen only on the face and body, in most
RIGHT: We have to protect all exposed areas of our body like the neck,
ears, nose, and toes.
When we have a white skin type it is easier to get sun burnt. Especially
areas like the thighs, the dorsal area of the foot that is usually covered by
shoes the rest of the year, need extra protection.
WRONG: We found last year’s sunscreen which is still
full and we use it again.
RIGHT: Every year we should buy new products as they can get bad because
they have an expiry date. This can result in poor protection of the skin and
If the sunscreen’s texture seems strange, eg there is oil or water in
the cream or it has a grainy texture, that means it has been spoiled. We should
not use it. When we run out of sunscreen towards the end of summer we should
buy a small one so it won’t last for the next year.
WRONG: We leave the sunscreen exposed. We leave the beach
bag in the car.
RIGHT: All sunscreens maintain their composition and effectiveness when
they are kept in particular temperatures. If they are surpassed, the
consistency of the sunscreen will go bad. That means that we should not leave
the cream exposed to the sun.
Through the hot days, the temperature inside a car can be 60o-70o C. In
those temperatures the sunscreen can go bad. That is why we should not leave
the sunscreen in the car until the next time we go to the beach. When we are at
the beach it is best to keep the sunscreen in a little bag, inside the beach