We all know we should wear sunscreen to protect ourselves from the sun’s rays, and that not doing so can have very severe consequences. But besides the fact that you should be wearing it, there’s still plenty of mystery and misconception surrounding sunscreen. We’re here to reveal some lesser-known facts about sunscreen that could quite literally save your life. You’re welcome.

You need to reapply. No excuses!

Unfortunately, sunscreen is high maintenance. Ignore it and you’ll feel its fiery wrath. Apply about one teaspoon of sunscreen each to the face, neck, hands, and each arm and leg, and double the amount for your torso and back. Once you’ve applied it (and if it’s a chemical sunscreen always apply it 30 minutes before heading outside so it has time to activate), reapply every two hours. Without fail. More if you’ve been sweating or swimming.

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There’s such a thing as hair sunscreen

And yes, you should be using it as religiously as you do your regular sunscreen. Sunscreen for your hair is designed to protect your strands from the damaging elements so it doesn’t become dry and brittle, and if you use a product like Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray, you’ll also benefit from a gorgeous beach-inspired hair texture.

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Moisturisers and SPF do mix!

Since you already apply a moisturiser every morning anyway, it might as well work double time by protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, too. Unlike fake tan formulas, moisturisers and SPF are a match made in heaven. Try a moisturiser like Puretopia Instant Daily Face Moisturiser; it has an SPF 15 plus its formula contains vitamin C to help brighten dull skin and avocado oil to deliver a rich dose of hydration. It’s repairing the damage caused by the sun at the same time that it’s protecting it from future damage.

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Cloudy days are not an excuse to take a break from sunscreen

Same goes for winter. Just because you can’t see the sun doesn’t mean it’s not there. You should be applying sunscreen every single day. That’s why it’s so important to find a formula you love. You want it to be non-greasy, fast absorbing and above all it should be a broad spectrum formula that can protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. 

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Don’t forget to protect your lips from the sun, too

Every day they have a front row seat to the sun’s harmful rays so your lips need SPF protection as well. But don’t reach for a lip gloss that has added SPF – their shiny finish is thought to attract sun. Instead, opt for a lip balm as their waxy formula will stay put on lips for longer, and are less reflective. Plus, if you choose a lip balm like Sun Bum SPF 15 Lip Balm (available in some seriously delectable scents – for smelling, not tasting…remember it has an important job to do) you get the bonus benefit of an aloe and vitamin E enriched formula that nourishes while it protects.

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BEAUTY HQ TIP: An SPF lip balm is great for the day, but at night treat your lips to Puretopia Pert & Plump Lip Cream. Its active formula helps plump and fill in lines around the lips while shea butter and vitamin E repair chapped lips with intense moisturisation.

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