Over-exposure to UV rays can cause sunburn. The UV rays penetrate outer skin layers and hit the deeper layers of the skin, where they can damage or kill skin cells. Sunscreen is an important part of your daily skincare routine. It protects your skin from the harmful UV Rays of the sun and reduces the risk of developing skin cancer. The benefits of sunscreen go beyond protecting your skin from the sun. One should apply sunscreen every day of the year. It does not matter whether it is summer or winter; you must protect your skin from sun exposure. SPF helps do this. People often get confused about how to apply sunscreen on the face and how to choose the right sunscreen. In this blog, we will answer all your questions.
How to Apply Sunscreen
Wash your face
For maximum protection, apply sunscreen directly on the skin. Wash using your favourite facial cleanser to remove makeup and oil that could prevent the sunscreen from sticking properly. Then, pat your skin dry.
Apply a generous amount of sunscreen
As a rule of thumb, you need about a nickel-sized dollop for your face.
Cover your neck and upper chest as well
A common mistake is to apply sunscreen to the forehead, cheeks, nose, and chin, but forget other sensitive areas. Give attention to all areas of exposed skin, including the front and back of your neck, upper chest, upper back, and shoulders. The tops of the ears are also easy to forget, so don’t miss this area!
Rub excess sunscreen onto the backs of your hands
This is another commonly overlooked spot. People often wash up after applying sunscreen, leaving the back of the hands and fingers vulnerable to sun damage. A better option is to simply wipe the palms on a paper towel.
Apply makeup over the sunscreen
If you normally wear moisturizer, foundation, blush, and other makeup, you may apply it now.
When to Apply Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an essential part of your everyday skincare routine. It protects against harmful UV rays, prevents sunburn and tanning, and lowers the risk of developing skin cancer. Always choose broad-spectrum sunscreens that contain ingredients such as zinc oxide and other natural ingredients. To enjoy youthful, glowing and even skin, apply sunscreen regularly before going out and reapply every 3-4 hours to avoid sunburn and enjoy smooth, healthy, and glowing skin.
Also Read: Does Sunscreen Prevent Tanning
How to Choose the Best Sunscreen
Caring for your skin means paying attention to every skincare product you choose. It is very important to find the best natural sunscreen because sunscreens rich in harmful chemicals can cause allergies on the skin. Listing down some of the things to look for while buying natural sunscreen.
Sun Protection Factor
When choosing sunscreen, SPF is one of the most important things that you should look for. Sunscreen should have at least SPF 30 which can protect skin against harmful UV rays by 97%. It is always recommended to choose a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to SPF 50 to effectively protect your skin from sun damage.
A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB radiation. Always look for sunscreens with the label “Broad-spectrum” as these sunscreens work the best on all types of skin.
Harmful chemical-led products can lead to bad skin conditions and problems. Avoid chemicals like DEA/TEA, Phenoxyethanol, PEGs, and many other potential toxins. Apply sunscreen that is natural and dermatologically tested.
Always look for a mineral-based sunscreen. It can absorb quickly without leaving any white cast and is non-sticky.
What Goes on first: Sunscreen or Moisturizer?
If you apply moisturizer or face cream before applying a natural sunscreen, the moisturizer can act as a barrier, preventing the sunscreen from reaching into your skin.
Since sunscreens work as a protective barrier that reflects the sun rays away from your skin, it is best to use sunscreens as the topmost layer. So if you are using a sunblock, apply your moisturizer and other skincare products before applying the sunscreen.
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Q: How do you apply sunscreen step by step?
A: Step 1: Dot the sunscreen all over your face
Step 2: Gently massage your face to spread it evenly
Step 3: Let it absorb for 30 seconds
Step 4: After every 4-5 hours or as needed
Q: Can I apply sunscreen directly on my face?
A: Yes, sunscreens can be applied directly to the face. But, it is more effective to apply it after applying face cream or moisturizer.
Spending time in the sun has many benefits for our bodies. But it’s important to follow some precautions and protect your skin from harmful UV rays to ensure healthy skin. The best sunscreen provides complete sun protection, prevents dark spots and fights pigmentation, and prevents sun damage. Don’t miss out on the perfect sun shield.