Sunscreens work best if they’re used properly. Use these guidelines this summer:
- Shake the bottle before using it;
- Rub it in well to ensure even coverage;
- When applying to your face, rub into your hands, then apply to your face;
- Wait ten minutes before having a swim, or it’ll just wash off;
- Reapply the sunscreen after swimming, drying off with a towel or sweating.
Sunscreen is useful stuff. So take these basic steps to avoid trouble:
- Avoid contact with your eyes;
- Some preparations and creams can cause sun allergies or marks on the skin. These include oestrogen, tetracycline and sulpha antibiotics, anti-malaria and anti-fungal medication.
- Perfumed or flavoured suntan lotions, which smell of coconut oil or orange for instance, contain psoralen. This substance speeds up the ageing process in the skin. Rather use a fake-tan lotion.
- If you develop a rash or experience an outbreak of pimples after using sunscreen, discontinue its use and consult your doctor;
- If sunscreen is accidentally ingested, find a hospital or doctor immediately.