When is the best time to apply sunscreen?

The expedition to the beach is quite an organisation. Before you go out, you have to start preparing the backpack, the picnic, collecting the children’s toys, your crossword puzzles, inflating the buoy… Do you think you are finally ready? missed! One box is still missing: sunscreen. Because contrary to what we imagine, you don’t have to smear on your napkin once. Here’s all the info on when to apply your sunscreen.

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Protect your skin from the sun

Excessive exposure to UV rays puts the skin at risk. Sunburn, premature skin aging or worse, skin cancer can be the result of too much exposure. To preserve your solar capital, it is therefore essential to take measures to counter the attack of UV rays. It is recommended to avoid exposure to the hottest hours of the day (between 12 noon and 4 pm) and to cover the head and body if possible.

The golden rules for applying sunscreen

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However, if you want to take advantage of your holiday to laze on the beach, in a park or in a garden to work on your tan, do not forget to choose a suitable sunscreen. It is then up to you to follow certain rules to take full advantage of protection.

Apply 20 minutes before exposure

Do you tend to wait until you see your skin blush to think about applying your sunscreen for the first time of the day? Beginner’s mistake! Sunscreen products contain a chemical filter. To be truly effective, sunscreen should be applied 15 to 30 minutes before sun exposure to give the skin time to properly absorb the protective agents it contains.

Cream every 2 hours

Applying a nice layer of cream before going out is good, but reapplying two hours later is better. Indeed, it is recommended to coat the areas of the body and face exposed to UV rays at regular intervals. In this case, every two hours to effectively block the sun’s rays. After swimming or perspiring, you should also reapply and make sure to wipe your skin well to allow the cream to penetrate and work actively.

Was this information helpful to you? Know that our pets also need sunscreen.

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