12 Sunscreen Fails Almost Too Painful to See (PHOTOS)

Adriana Velez | Jul 22, 2014 Beauty & Style

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Okay, so this is how it works, right? You apply sunscreen everywhere the sun could possibly reach you, then you go out into the sunshine, and then you enjoy your day without getting burned. Simple formula, right? So why are so many of us still getting burned? It's not that difficult. And yet! Look at all the painful ways people get sunscreen terribly, horribly, excruciatingly wrong. OUCH!

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  • You Missed a Few Spots

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    mellyboonolan/Instagram

    This is a good argument for why you should apply sunscreen before you put on your swimsuit. Says the woman who has made this mistake consistently for about 30 summers in a row.

  • All of the Sunscreen, All of It

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    jeanninetiannah/Instagram

    He got into a fight with a bottle of sunscreen. And lost.

    Next time get a friend to help you spread the stuff evenly over your back.

  • A Blizzard of Blisters

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    ohheyitsaj/Instagram

    Eww, sunburn blisters -- don't touch them!!!

    Drink plenty of fluids and maybe apply a cold compress.

  • After the Blisters

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    jesskisz/Instagram

    You popped your sunburn blister, didn't you? Now look!

    Carefully apply antiseptic and cover with a bandage, if possible.

  • Tiger Stripes

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    jarlos_h_p/Instagram

    Sunscreen lotion isn't going to fill in the blanks for you, Tiger.

     

  • So Close, Yet So Far

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    ktwulf/Instagram

    Oh right, if you put sunscreen on your shoulders, it might fool the sun into thinking the rest of you is protected! OR NOT.

    It's true that the sun can be hardest on points like shoulders and your nose, but if you're getting out the sunscreen, go ahead and put it everywhere.

  • Sunburn Color Blocking

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    porchakey/Instagram

    Jump on last year's hottest trend the painfully hot way! (It's not hot, actually. Just really painful.)

     

  • Burned Hot Dog Legs

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    lyndzeelou83/Instagram

    Remember the hot dog legs trend of 2013? Yeah, I kind of burned out on that, too.

  • Beyond the Farmer's Tan

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    hmills05/Instagram

    This is what four hours of gardening in a high elevation without sunscreen or a hat turns into.

    Sunscreen isn't just for the beach -- it's for any time you're outdoors for more than half an hour.

  • Spray Sunscreen, Take One

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    sash0617/Instagram

    Sunscreen spray betrayal! "Man, I thought we were cool, spray-on sunscreen." "Nah, man, I hate you. Burn like hell."

    Doctors don't love spray-on sunscreen for a number of reasons. You can inhale the stuff, for one. But it's also hard to apply enough of it, and evenly.

  • Spray Sunscreen, Take Two

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    mtbaker11/Instagram

    Spray-on sunscreen still hating on your ass. Why? What did you ever do to spray-on sunscreen?

    Oh boy. Another reason to use a stick or lotion instead.

  • Zinc Clown Face

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    sydspots/Instagram

    Oh zinc oxide, you joker, you.

    But hey, no sunburn for this gal!

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