Sunscreen is a cosmetic that we all know; we started using it since we were children, on the beach, to protect our still tender and delicate skin. Over time, serums and lotions of all kinds have emerged, but the concept always remains one: to curb the damage caused by the sun’s rays.
Often, as adults, we forget about healthy habits; applying sunscreen is just one of them. Do you know the right method to use protection? Are you consistent? Understanding how to properly protect your skin from the sun is very important, especially considering the long-term effects.
How to properly apply sunscreen?
Below you will find a series of interesting tips to put into practice immediately. Keep reading the article to discover them all!
1. Always choose SPF 30 protection or higher
Contrary to some theories, the application of sunscreen is very important throughout the year, regardless of your skin tone. In fact, even the dark complexion runs the risk of getting burned (although less frequently) and still suffers the negative effects of UV rays. Never use an FPS lower than 15 (ideal would be 30).
Of course, if you have fair, sensitive skin, the more SPF you use, the safer the level of protection. Try a cream with an SPF of 50 or higher, with the words “broad spectrum” printed on the bottle (meaning the product you purchased is effective in blocking both UVA rays than UVB rays).
2. Find the formula that suits your needs
There is no set rule for determining which formula is best; it strictly depends on your preferences. Common sunscreens contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, key elements in blocking and protecting UV rays.
Find the perfect protection by carefully assessing your skin type. Is it sensitive? Try a mineral-based product, which is usually mildly irritating. Are you prone to acne? Choose a non-comedogenic formula. What if you have a darker complexion? Buy specific products designed not to leave white traces of cream on the skin.
Tinted sunscreens and traditional sunscreens are formulated to suit all skin tones, so you’ll have no trouble finding the perfect product for your skin tone.
3. Always use plenty of cream (more than you normally use)
Most people only apply 25-50% of the recommended amount of sunscreen. Abound! Continue blending until skin is completely covered with product on all sun-exposed areas.
Do not be in a hurry, apply the cream calmly, in front of the mirror, to see what you are doing. Always apply the first coat at home before going out. If someone is with you, ask them to check your hard-to-reach areas (like your back).
In general, remember to use common sense. Protecting yourself from the sun’s rays is essential; always carry items such as sunglasses, hats and long-sleeved shirts with you if you know you will be exposed to the sun for an extended period of time. The most dangerous times are between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., so be very careful if you are on the move during this time.
4. Reapply, reapply, reapply.
Fun fact: No sunscreen is completely sweat or water resistant. Did you know ? It may last longer than other formulations, but not quite. Reapply the cream after any water activity and at least every two to three hours in the sun, even if your protection says “waterproof” on the label.
5. Wear sunscreen even in cold weather
The correct term is “accidental exposure”, or when you suffer damage from the sun’s rays without lying on the beach. UVA rays are present all year round, even when the sky is cloudy in winter. If you don’t apply sunscreen, your skin will age prematurely due to unintentional sun exposure.
Applying sunscreen should become a daily habit, just like brushing your teeth. If you miss a day, there probably won’t be any serious consequences, but if you stop completely, you’ll have cavities. Likewise, going out once unprotected during your daily commute will have minimal impact. Never apply it, it will equal a lot of exposure in your lifetime.
6. Sunscreen for the face
Generally, you can apply the same sunscreen you use to your body, also on the face (see illustrated guide)unless you are prone to acne (if so, find a good non-comedogenic formula).
That said, the face needs extra care, as it is much more delicate than other parts of the body. Apply the cream starting from the center and massage outwards, up to the hairline. Don’t forget your neck and ears! Again, it abounds.
Foundation with SPF is a good option if you don’t want to give up makeup. That works? Yes, as long as you can reapply it several times during the day. It is precisely for this reason that it is better to choose a powder formula, so that your skin is protected and dull throughout the day.
The included sunscreen powder is easy to apply, non-greasy, odorless, translucent and convenient to carry for quick touch-ups.
Now you have no more excuses! Spread the cream with SPF every day, do not get carried away by laziness. Extra attention today will prevent bothersome sun-related problems tomorrow. Happy tanning!
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