Things You’re Doing Wrong That Leave Sunscreen Ineffective


Jun 07, 20238 min read


  • Discover why your sunscreen may not be working as effectively as you think.
  • Learn common sunscreen mistakes to avoid and expert tips for flawless application.
  • Find out why proper coverage, reapplication, and expiration dates are crucial.
  • Embrace Smart Screen Mineral Tanning Sunscreen for revolutionary sun protection and a flawless tan.
Picture this: you're basking in the warm sun, feeling carefree and blissful, confident that your trusty sunscreen is shielding your delicate skin from harmful UV rays. But later, as you glance at your reflection in the mirror, you're greeted with an unwelcome surprise - a sun-kissed complexion that screams, "Your sunscreen failed!"

Why? We've got answers for you, so continue reading on this blog post...

What's The Perfect Formula?

Sunscreen is the holy grail of skin protection, and it's easier than ever to make it a part of your routine. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration backs up the power of sunscreen, confirming that it shields you from painful burns, slows down aging effects, and even reduces the risk of skin cancer. It's a simple and smart choice that paves the way for carefree fun under the sun.

Chemical or mineral? Reef-safe? Broad-Spectrum UV protection? SPF rating? There are many options out there and it can get a little bit overwhelming when choosing the perfect sunscreen for your skin type. Ultimately, the best sunscreen is the one you'll reapply constantly. Whether it is because you enjoy its scent, its look and feel, or its texture. But here are some other factors you can consider when choosing sunscreen:


  • We recommend Broad-Spectrum UV Protection because it shields you from both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Consider sunscreens with an SPF rating of 20 or higher. According to European sunscreen standards it is considered Medium/Moderate protection.


Now, even the most seasoned sun-seekers can stumble upon the treacherous path of sunscreen application. Let us shed light on the common pitfalls and illuminate the way to flawless sunscreen mastery.

Why Your Sunscreen Didn't Work and How to Fix It.

🌟 Mistake #1: You’re Applying Too Little Sunscreen

A small dab won’t suffice to get the claimed SPF advertised on any sunscreen bottle. It’s best to apply at least 1 ounce of sunscreen to your entire body. There are hacks you can use if you don’t know what that looks like. For example, The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends that you set aside a quarter-sized quantity for your face. Another tip you could look into is converting the bottle amount into sunscreen applications. Our Smart Screen Mineral Tanning Sunscreen is 100 mL, which is 3.3814023 oz. This means you should use a little less than a third of the bottle each time you plan on tanning or being outside in the sun.


☀️ Mistake #2: You're Overlooking Key Areas

The sun's sneaky rays can find their way to places you least expect. Don't let them catch you off guard! When applying sunscreen, pay attention to every area that will be exposed to the sun. Surprisingly, many people forget about their eyelids, which can be a hotspot for skin cancer. And let's not forget about our precious lips—they lack protective pigment, making them vulnerable to harm. A lip balm or lipstick with SPF is a great choice, but if you're in a pinch, a dab of regular sunscreen will do the trick.


💫 Mistake #3: You're Not Shaking it Like You Mean It

Here's a pro tip: give your sunscreen bottle a good shake before use. This is especially important for our Smart Screen Mineral Tanning Sunscreen and other high-quality zinc-based formulas. Why? Well, the zinc, which is the superstar ingredient that protects you, can settle at the bottom if you don't mix it up properly. So, shake that bottle and get ready to face the sun with confidence!


🛡️ Mistake #4: You're Not Evenly Applying it 

You know what they say: consistency is key! If you want maximum protection, apply your sunscreen evenly. Take your time to cover all exposed areas, making sure you see a glossy sheen on your skin. And if there's a hard-to-reach spot, don't hesitate to ask a friend or family member for a helping hand. Together, you'll achieve full coverage and be ready to enjoy the sun without worries.

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🔄 Mistake #5: You're Not Reapplying Enough

Don't underestimate the sun's persistence—it never takes a break. After your initial sunscreen application, remember to reapply every two hours, or more frequently if you sweat or go for a dip. Our trusty Smart Screen is water-resistant and stays effective for 40 minutes in the water, but be sure to reapply after towel drying. If you're not taking a splash, two-hour intervals are still the way to go for continuous protection.


⏰ Mistake #6: You Are Using Expired Sunscreen

Time flies, and so does the expiration date on your sunscreen bottle. Keep a close eye on it, as the FDA recommends replacing your sunscreen after three years. After this period, its protective powers may dwindle, leaving your skin exposed. If you can't find an expiration date, play it safe and assume a three-year shelf life from the date of purchase. Don't worry, though—saying goodbye to old sunscreen means welcoming a fresh batch of protection!


Embrace the Sun with Confidence, Thanks to Smart Screen!

Now that you're armed with the knowledge of sunscreen mastery, it's time to take action and experience the joy of sun-soaked adventures while keeping your skin protected.

Our game-changing Smart Screen Mineral Tanning Sunscreen is here to revolutionize your sun care routine. With its broad-spectrum protection, Tan Boost Technology, and skin-loving ingredients, it's the ultimate companion for achieving a flawless tan while keeping your skin healthy. Tan Smarter, not harder, with Smart Screen.

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Remember, the sun is your friend, and with Smart Screen, you can bask in its warmth with confidence and peace of mind. Don't let sunscreen mistakes hold you back from enjoying the great outdoors. Take control of your sun protection journey and unlock a world of radiant adventures with Smart Screen!


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