It\u2019s well known and frequently talked about that protecting yourself from the sun is crucial in preventing skin cancer and melanoma. Wearing sunscreen, protective clothing, and seeking shade are all things we know to do. However, we all make mistakes, including when we\u2019re out and about in the summer months.\nTo help keep your skin protected, we\u2019ve listed five commonly made mistakes in the sun, especially when it comes to sunscreen.\n1. Visiting a Tanning Salon to Prevent Burning\nIf you build a base tan, your skin will be used to the UV rays and you won\u2019t burn, right? This is a common misconception. Indoor tanning is a known cause of skin cancers. By tanning before you plan to spend a lot of time outside, you\u2019re exposing yourself just as much, if not more, than what you would have originally. Plus, when tanning, you don\u2019t use SPF.\n2. Applying Sunscreen When You\u2019re Already Exposed\nIt\u2019s usual you get to the beach or pool, set up your things, and then apply your sunscreen. Unfortunately, it\u2019s not the right order you should go about the day. Sunscreen should be applied generously about 30 minutes before you step out into the sun. After a half hour, the UV blockers will have bonded to your skin, offering the best protection.\n3. Not Reapplying Sun Screen Frequently\nSure, the sunscreen you\u2019re using says its water and sweat proof, but that doesn\u2019t mean you don\u2019t need to reapply! After your initial sunscreen application, you should reapply every two hours, and especially right after you\u2019ve been exercising or swimming.\n4. Not Using Sunscreen With Enough SPF\nYou should wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of 30. A tan may seem nice, and the oils with less than 30 SPF will get you there, but avoiding melanoma and other skin cancers is more important to your health.\n5. Missing Important Areas On the Body\nSo now that you\u2019ve applied a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 a half an hour before going outside, and you\u2019ve continued to reapply every two hours, you should be safe, right? Not necessarily! Are you sure you applied to ALL of your exposed skin? Commonly missed areas include:\n\nYour ears\nThe side of your face\nThe tops of your feet\nThe front and back of your neck\nYour scalp (especially on bald spots, hair parts, or if you have a buzz cut)\n\nDon\u2019t forget to protect your lips with a lip balm that contains SPF. Are you guilty of any of these? Now you can be well-equipped to go outside and face the sun with confidence.!