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One of our most asked questions is how to use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator most effectively on your back. Although the SunBuddy's soft pad is a compact 2 inches by 1.5 inches, it can cover a large area in little time with the correct technique.
The key concept to keep in mind is to not treat your back like a bedroom wall and the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator like a paint brush. When applying lotion to your back, we do NOT recommend using a long vertical application stroke from the top to the bottom of your back. Quite simply, your skin will absorb all of the lotion before it could cover the entire length of your back. The trick is to use various angles and short application strokes on one managable area at a time.
Here are the 2 techniques we recommend when using the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator:
1) Thoroughly apply lotion to your whole back by dividing and conquering
Divide your back into 3 equal, but managable areas - the upper, mid, and lower. Within each area, work from the left to the right and thoroughly apply lotion to the entire area before moving on to the next.
For applying lotion to your upper back - Fully open the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator to 135 degrees and squeeze a quarter sized amount of lotion onto its pad. Wth either hand, hold the SunBuddy by its bottom handle and slowly reach over your shoulders. Use short, vertical application strokes while keeping the entire surface of the pad in contact with your skin. Repeat as necessary while focusing just on your upper back.
To apply lotion to your mid back - Keep the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator fully opened. Hold its bottom handle and extend it outward to add an extra 4.5 inches in length. Squeeze a quarter sized amount of lotion onto the pad. With either hand, hold the SunBuddy by its bottom handle and slowly reach over your shoulders, as if you were to apply lotion to your upper back. But because the botttom handle is fully extended, the pad will now reach and make contact with your mid back. Use short, vertical application strokes while focusing just on your mid back. Repeat as necessary for thorough coverage.
To apply lotion to your lower back - Keep the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator fully opened and squeeze a quarter sized amount of lotion onto its pad. Then hold the SunBuddy under your arm by the rubber grips on either the top or bottom handle. Use short, horizontal application strokes while focusing just on your lower back. Repeat as necessary for thorough coverage.
2) Use the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator For Just Those Hard To Reach Areas of the Back
For those of us who are more flexible, use your hands to apply lotion to reachable areas of your back and then the SunBuddy to finish the job. Most likely, you will be able to reach your upper and lower back with your hands. The SunBuddy will then be used to apply lotion for those hard to reach areas, like the area between your shoulders or your mid back. Use one of the methods described above in the first technique to apply lotion to these areas. Simple as that. You'll be done and ready in no time!
Practice makes perfect and after using these techniques with the SunBuddy Lotion Applicator for just a couple of times, you will naturally make small adjustments to develop a revised technique that best suits your body.