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Sunscreen Mistakes You’re Probably Still Making

So you’ve put on your sunscreen and you’re ready to head out for a day of fun in the sun… what could possibly go wrong? Well, actually, a number of things, if you’re not using the sunscreen properly – and that’s actually more common than you might think.

From avoiding sunscreen on cloudy days to not fully applying it, there are a number of sunscreen rules that are inadvertently (or purposely) broken every hot day. However, taking a few moments to correctly use sunscreen can prevent days of pain or even skin cancer, so listen up about these 14 common mistakes…

1. Make Sunscreen a Routine

Reader’s Digest explains 1-of the biggest mistakes people make on a regular basis is that they only put on sunscreen when they’re planning on heading out into the sun. But you should put it on even when you’re staying indoors.

That’s because the sun’s damaging rays can reach you through a window in your home or in your vehicle, adds the source. It even cites a study from the University of Washington that shows more than 50-percent of potentially deadly skin cancer cases started on the left side of the body – the side that’s exposed to more UV light when driving (and in Australia, where they drive on the other side of the road, more cases were found on the right side of the body.) So apply sunscreen every day, suggests the source.

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