5 common sunscreen mistakes to avoid this summer, according to a dermatologist

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LINDSEY ZABRITSKY: So studies have shown that the most sun damage that we experience are during our childhood and adolescent years. So we need to start wearing sunscreen from the very beginning of our lives. Here are five common sunscreen mistakes to avoid this summer.

I'm Dr. Lindsey Zabritsky, board certified dermatologist. And I'm here with "In the Know." You're forgetting commonly miss areas like scalp, ears, back of hands, and lips. People often forget that your scalp can get sunburned, especially your part line. So it's really important that you use a scalp and hair mist, like this SPF one from Sunbalm.

You just spray it in the part line or any other areas that are exposed. You think that mineral sunscreens are the most effective. But in reality, both chemical and mineral sunscreens are equally as effective. What really makes a difference is the SPF factor.

So when you're looking for an effective sunscreen, you want to look for one that has at least an SPF of 30. That's broad spectrum. That means it protects you from both UVA and UVB rays. You're not applying enough sunscreen.

People usually only apply anywhere between 25% to 50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. The recommended amount of sunscreen is at least an ounce or more or about a shot glass worth for the entire body. And you need to apply at least two or three finger lengths to apply for your neck and face.

You're only using sunscreen. So a good way to remember to protect yourself from the sun are the five S's. So, obviously, the first is sunscreen, but also sun hats, sunglasses, sleeves, and shade. You're only wearing SPF when it's sunny out. SPF all year round. It doesn't matter what the weather is, what the season is-- you should be wearing your SPF every single day.