We have always been advised from our childhood times to never skip sunscreen when stepping out into the sun. But still some of us haven’t learned the art of applying sunscreen properly. This article discusses how to apply sunscreen correctly and what mistakes to avoid.
How to Apply Sunscreen Correctly?
- Opt for a sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher:
You should always use a sunscreen to protect your skin from harmful sun rays not matter what your skin tone is. Melanin is a pigment which is produced in your skin that darkens the skin tone. Darker skin types are protected from sun exposure at an SPF of only 3. However, lighter skin types should go for SPF 30 or higher. The fairest of the skin types should always choose sunscreens with SPF 50 or higher because these skin types are highly sensitive and can easily suffer sun burns.
- Choose the formula according to your needs:
Sunblocks and sunscreens are two different entities. Sunblock act as physical sunscreens and block UV rays from damaging your skin. However, sunscreens are chemicals that absorb the rays. Certainly, sunblocks are better than sunscreens but both of them are labeled as “sunscreens” on the packaging. So it is always advisable to check for two ingredients titanium oxide and zinc oxide that act as physical barriers.
Moreover, people with sensitive skin types should opt for mineral sunscreens and people with an oily, acne-prone skin type should go for non-comedogenic formulas.
- Apply generous amounts:
Most people apply sunscreen lesser than the recommended quantity. It is advisable to apply an ounce of sunscreen to the exposed areas of your body and absorb it well with your finger. Do not rush and apply your sunscreen in front of the mirror so that you know what you are doing. Always apply the sun at least half an hour before stepping out into the sun.
- Reapply sunscreen after every two hours:
Sunscreen tends to wash out after every water activity despite the fact that it has been labeled as “water-proof”. If you are sweating profusely or swimming, you definitely need to reapply your sunscreen every two hours. You need to be extra cautious in the time frame between 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and make sure to reapply your sunscreen if you out in the sun within this time frame.
- Apply sunscreen even when indoors:
You may be wondering that this is a ridiculous statement but it surely is important to apply sunscreen to the exposed parts of your body. This is because effects of UVA rays build up and can result in premature aging from unintended sun exposure.
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