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Why you should use sunscreen more often than you think

May 27, 2024

Why you should use sunscreen more often than you think

The sun has a great effect on our well-being: it gives us energy, improves our mood, and helps produce vitamin D. However, the sun also carries risks, such as premature skin aging and an increased risk of skin cancer. Many people seem to underestimate these risks. Recent research by Etos on sun protection shows that people apply sunscreen too little or too late.

Misunderstanding sun power

Did you know that as many as 74% of respondents surveyed mistakenly believe that the sun's intensity is less strong between 9 a.m. and noon than between noon and 3 p.m.? While the sun may be more intense at its peak, this does not mean that you are not at risk during the morning hours. Even in the morning, UV radiation is strong enough to cause damage to your skin, especially on sunny days. But even when the sun shines less, it is still crucial to stay well protected from the sun. For example, UV radiation is still harmful in the fall, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. The Daily Sunscreen SPF50 is perfect for on-the-go as it protects both the face and body.

Applying too late

Another worrying fact is that people only apply sunscreen when the sun starts to burn on their skin or at the hottest time of the day. But you may have guessed it... this is too late! Sunscreen should be applied at least 15 minutes before sun exposure to be effective. By waiting until you feel the sun burning, you are already at significant risk of skin damage. Also, always make sure to keep repeating the application, as SPF often provides protection for several hours. Especially if you're in water or sweating, it comes off faster. Little Urchin and Attitude have handy sunscreen sticks, which makes reapplication even easier. 

Unprotected without realizing

Using sunscreen should be a daily habit, not just something for the beach or pool. Still, 86% of people in the survey say they usually do not apply sunscreen during everyday outdoor activities, such as shopping or working in the garden. These brief moments of exposure can build up and lead to long-term damage to the skin.

Tips for enhanced protection

Now that you know the importance of applying sunscreen more often than you might think, it's good to look at how you can do a better job of protecting yourself from the sun's harmful impacts. We have highlighted some tips: 

1. Make SPF a part of your daily skin care routine, just as you do with your moisturizer.
2. Choose the right factor. If your skin is sunburn-prone, choose at least an SPF30 or higher.
3. Re-apply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
4. Make sure you always have SPF in your bag so you can reapply it anywhere. Inika Organic's Natural Sunscreen is the perfect size to carry with you.
5. Wear protective clothing, such as a breezy long-sleeved blouse and/or a cap.

By following these steps, you can still enjoy the sun without any worries. At Nourished we have many different types of natural sunscreen, you shop them here. Are you looking for a sunscreen that is suitable for little ones? Then NAÏF is what you're looking for. Or rather a lotion that protects the whole family right away? The newest Daily Sunscreen SPF50 from Nourished Daily does just that! 


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