Important: This Is How You're Actually Supposed to Apply Sunscreen

Katharine McEntee
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Have you ever applied sunscreen only to notice a bright red burn a couple hours later? Us, too. While applying sunscreen is supposed to prevent our skin from burning, there are a few rules to sunscreen application that must be followed to ensure proper skin protection. To figure out just how to apply sunscreen and eliminate those aforementioned burns, we asked a couple dermatologists for their expertise on the matter.

While the act of applying sunscreen may sound easy, it is a bit more complicated than one might think. According to Melissa Kanchanapoomi Levin, MD, board-certified NYC dermatologist and clinical instructor at Mount Sinai, the majority of people who wear sunscreen are applying it incorrectly, with most people using only 25% to 50% the recommended amount of lotion. Not sure what the correct amount of sunscreen is? Don’t worry—we’ve compiled everything you need to know about sunscreen application below. For the lowdown on how to apply sunscreen according to dermatologists, keep on reading.

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