Tips & Proper Application
Proper Application of Sunscreens
It’s important to recognize the use of a natural mineral for the purposes of screening all UV rays is that the minerals reflect the rays, not allowing for penetration of the skin by the harmful rays. That being said, the application of a lotion containing natural minerals designed to be used to reflect the UV rays, is important. Be aware that it is not necessary to rub the lotion “in” to the skin. On the contrary, your intent is to “wipe” it onto the skin in a smoother manner. Pretend as if your hand were a paint brush and gently wipe the lotion on the areas to be protected. No more than 3 to 4 wipes is needed. The amount size to spread should be no more than the size of a quarter. You will find that the areas to be protected are covered evenly, allowing the sunscreen minerals to lie on the skin to protect and the moisturizing ingredients, designed to hydrate the skin will absorb. In this environment, you wish to treat your skin gently, as it is in a format that it is not used to on a normal basis, that being in the sun for lengthy periods. There may be an initial whitish hue on the skin upon the application, but it will dissipate quickly if you use the wiping method mentioned. There may be a line or two that you gently wipe after the initial 5 minutes from applying. Our suggestion is to wipe the hands clean with a towel, cloth, or napkin after the application process. Re-application should be done every hour to hour and a half.
Did You Know…
- The chemical ingredients used in most sunscreen products have been proven to be the cause of 10% of our Natural Living Reef systems dying?
- Dive destinations Worldwide are instructing cruise lines to travel agencies to alert their customers to bring Natural/Biodegradable sunscreen for their dive excursions or they will not be allowed to use the customary, chemical laden sunscreen on their dive?
- Most synthetic sunscreen products only screen/protect the UVB rays and not the most harmful UVA rays?
- Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun to allow maximum protection.
- Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours. Apply more frequently after swimming, sweating or toweling.
- Use an SPF of 15 higher to help reduce the risk of skin cancer and don’t neglect sensitive areas such as your ears, nose, shoulders, cleavage and neck.
- To protect against UVA and UVB rays be sure to use a Broad Spectrum sunscreen.
- Even on cloudy days 90% of UV rays can still get through and leave you fried.
- Reflection off snow and water can increase sun exposure by up to 50%.
- UV levels increase by 4% for every 1000 feet in altitude. Be extra careful when playing near the sun, even if not by pool or in the mountains.
- Keep newborns out of the sun. Sunscreens should only be used on children over the age of 6 months.