The dos and don’ts of applying sunscreen

It’s no surprise that regular usage of spf protects your skin from many issues including premature ageing and dark spots. The more you apply sunscreen on your skin, the more you shield your skin against ageing. There are however many misconceptions about how this skincare product works. 

Don’t go a day without spf

It is imperative that you wear sunscreen regardless of the amount of time you spend outdoors, your skin tone and the time of the year. This is because UV rays impact your complexion as they penetrate through the clouds and reach your windows. So even the slightest bit of sun exposure, say 10-15 minutes could also cause fine lines, wrinkles and dark patches.

Do apply a layer of moisturiser

You must seek a skincare product that has a broad spectrum spf that shields your skin from sun damage. Watermelon jelly refreshing moisturiser is an organic formula that absorbs quickly into your skin to hydrate and nourish it deeply. It contains sunscreen of spf 15 which blocks away UVA rays to reach your skin. it does not only have a refreshing impact but is also visually invisible to suit all skin tones.

Don’t apply your sunscreen just once

Expecting only a single application of spf to work all day is wrong. So, to make the most of your spf, it is advised that you keep reapplying it as you get exposed to sunlight. It’s best to apply it within two hours to get maximum protection. You must reapply instantly as you sweat or swim as the perspiration and water could wash away the skincare product.

Do smear all over face

As you are applying sunscreen, make sure to evenly smear it all over your face, neck and ears. Each inch of your exposed skin must be covered with spf every day as the risk of melasma is enormously high in these parts of your skin. As a rule of thumb, it’s recommended you apply at least one teaspoon spf when it comes to your face and 1 oz for your entire body. 

don’t only use sprays

Many of you are fond of spray-based sunscreens as they are quick to use. Unfortunately, these do not offer complete coverage and the layer is not thick enough on your skin for adequate protection. So, if you are inclined to apply spray sunscreens, you need to turn to cream based, particularly for your face. 

Do use other forms of protection as well

As much as it’s important to apply sunscreen to shield your skin from UV rays, you must also make sure you make use of other forms of sun protection. These include sunglasses, hats and umbrellas. Also try to wear covered clothing whenever possible like full sleeves and pants. 

Don’t use sunscreen with vitamin A compound

It is common for many sunscreens to consist of vitamin A. this exists in the form of retinyl palmitate which combats skin ageing. However, when exposed to sunlight this is also known to activate the development of lesions and tumours on your skin. So, it’s best to not only avoid sunscreens with vitamin A additive but also other skincare products comprising this, when going in the sun

Don’t wait up to go outdoors to apply sunscreen

A common blunder most of us make is, waiting to go outside before we put on our sunscreen. It’s best to always apply it before leaving your house as it takes some time, let’s say 15 minutes before the skincare ingredients start showing their effect. 

Do opt for a sunscreen that is spf 30+

Sunscreen products with a high spf level do give your skin maximum protection from sun exposure. If you apply spf 30, that is likely to block 70% of the UV rays. Spf 50 would block 98% and 99% of the UV rays would be blocked with an SPF 100. So when it comes to the range of spf while applying sunscreen, always opt for a minimum of spf 30. You can go for a higher number if you intend to spend extended periods in the sun. 

Don’t stockpile in warm areas

Storing your sunscreen in warm places leads to the breakdown of active ingredients in the skincare product. This makes sun protection less effective, thus rendering it unsuitable for your skin. so, it’s best if you keep your sunscreen bottles in a cool place.

Do pick the right sunscreen for your skin type

There are two types of sunscreens-one is chemical based and the other is organic. The chemical sunscreen contains skincare ingredients like oxybenzone and octanoate which serve as sun filters. Titanium oxide and zinc oxide on the other hand form the components of an organic sunscreen, which tend to protect your skin naturally. 

Now some people are allergic to chemical based skincare products while others are not. So, choose wisely according to your skin type by conducting a patch test to check for allergic reactions. 

Don’t think dark skin tone protects you from the sun

Most women are of the misconception that dark skin is not susceptible to skin cancer. Or they don’t require as much sunscreen compared to ones with a fair skin tone. But sorry to reveal the fact that UV rays do impact your skin regardless of your complexion and yes, the intensity of sun damage is not at all dependent on your skin tone. 

So, whether you have dark skin or fair skin, the probability of skin cancer and skin damage is equally high for both. Hence do not skip sunscreen no matter what skin tone you have.

Girls, before you lather up your sunscreen, make sure you are well aware about all the particulars of its application!