Are You Doing it Correctly? How to Apply Sunscreen and How Much You Need

There is one thing that every dermatologist and skin expert will tell you about - sunscreen. You need it, every day, all day long. But are you really applying it every day or just while on vacation? Even if you don’t need it on a daily basis it will certainly help prevent premature aging, freckles, and hyperpigmentation. 

As adults, we tend to avoid applying sunscreen, yet we need to learn to apply it correctly. Do you know how to do that? We have gathered pieces of advice from dermatologists that know everything about protecting the skin from harmful sun rays. 

Choose SPF 30 or Higher

Skin tone doesn’t really matter when it comes to choosing SPF. If you have a darker skin tone choose at least 15, but always aim for more, even if you think you can’t burn. 

However, if your skin tone is fair, it tends to be more sensitive. Therefore, picking SPF 30 or higher is recommended. The fairest skin tones must aim for SPF 50 or higher. 

In general, sticking to the SPF 30 is the rule of thumb, no matter which skin tone you have. A moisturizer with SPF 50 and a broad spectrum would be a perfect choice. 


The Formula Matters

There isn’t one formula to choose. Do you prefer sprays? Go for it. Or you are more fan of creme? No problem. The best sunscreen is actually the one you put on your face and body. 

There are slight differences between physical and chemical sunscreens. Sun-blocking formulas are doing exactly that - blocking UV rays. On the other hand, formulas with ingredients that absorb sun rays are called chemical sunscreens. 

When you go to pick your sunscreen, consider your skin type. Mineral-based sunscreens are great for people with sensitive skin. Finding non-comedogenic formula is key for acne-prone skin types. If you choose tinted sunscreens, be assured that they will suit you. They are formulated to suit every skin type. 

Use More Than You Think is Okay

According to dermatologists, people are applying less sunscreen than they should. Around 25-50 percent of the recommended quantity is applied. What is the right amount then? Enough to fill a shot glass amount should be spread on all exposed areas on the body. 

Many people tend to apply sunscreen when they are already out. That is a mistake since usually not all body parts get covered. Instead, apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before getting out. 

Reapply the sunscreen at least every two hours. And believe us no sunscreen is waterproof. 

Even if You Are Not Out - Apply

We know many people won’t believe us, but applying sunscreen even if you are not going out or you are walking only a short distance in the sun is still crucial. So, even if you won’t probably burn in wintertime, you can get hyperpigmentation and premature aging signs. 

Missing one day is fine, but not applying sunscreen altogether can have major consequences. 

Don’t Forget the Face

Many people wonder if they can apply the same sunscreen to their faces and body. Unless you have acne-prone skin you can definitely apply the same lotion. Avoid spraying your face, since the product can accidentally get into your eyes. Apply at the center of your face and then rub outwards. You should use a quarter-size dollop on your face only. 

If you use makeup daily, think about products that also have SPF. Foundations and tinted BB or CC creams are very popular. Not only do they cover your face and give you a bit of natural shine, but they also protect it. Powder formulas are better for reapplying throughout the day. 

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