Sunscreen is an absolute must if you’re going to be outdoors for more than 5 or 10 minutes. It will protect your skin’s health and beauty, but follow these tips to make sure you’re using it correctly and getting the most benefit from it.
Don’t Towel Dry!
Did you just climb out of the water? Don’t towel try because it will wipe off your sunscreen. Pat dry instead, as needed, and reapply your sunscreen after you swim or sweat a lot.
Apply Adequate Amounts.
There’s no reason to skimp on your sunscreen application. About 1 ounce (1 shot glass) should be used for your body and about 1/2 teaspoon should go on your face. Use extra on the tip of your nose, neck, and ears.
Apply Over Everything Else.
If you are applying a topical medication or moisturizer of any kind, sunscreen should be the top layer (under your makeup foundation).
Never use Makeup with SPF as Primary Protection.
It’s great that your makeup might have SPF in it, but that’s not good enough as your primary means protection against the sun’s harmful rays. Layer them over sunscreen.
When it comes to insect repellent, you should avoid products that combine bug spray and SPF whenever possible. They simply aren’t as effective as using two separate products at once.
Use SPF Eye Shadow.
When it comes to preventing saggy or drop eyelids, Bare Essentials 5 in 1 can help you keep your eyelids safe from sun exposure. It’s the most commonly missed area for sunscreen application, but it is very important!
Cover your Lips.
Your lips should not be forgotten! Unlike your skin that produces sebum (which helps naturally protect it from UV to some degree), your lips cannot produce this. Use an SPF lip balm.
Take Oral Supplements.
An oral supplement like Heliocare, which contains powerful antioxidants, will help keep you protected from harsh sun damage when used in conjunction with sunscreen.
Use Physical SPF.
A physical SPF has ingredients that will not be absorbed into the skin. If you are going to be out in the sun for a long time and especially when the UV index is high, you should use chemical SPF on your face and then physical SPF on your body.
Know the use of Physical SPF.
For those under 10, physical SPF should be the go-to. Physical SPF should also be used when you plan on covering large areas. Plus, women who are breastfeeding or pregnant need to avoid chemical SPF and so physical SPF has many uses.
Every hour that you spend outside needs to be met with a quick re-application of your sunscreen. By this point, the sunscreen will have completely been absorbed into your skin and/or sweated off and it’s like you aren’t wearing any at all. You should also reapply after profuse sweating or a good swim.
You should apply your sunscreen about 15 minutes before you head out into the sun. This is really important with a chemical SPF since the ingredients need to absorb into your skin before they can begin to take effect.
Use Water-Resistant SPF.
If you are going to sweat or get in the water, definitely opt for a water-resistant sunscreen that can withstand the water exposure rather than instantly washing off. It should say water-resistant on the label.
Many people find that their eyes burn as a result of SPF. If that’s the case, use Avobenzone, which is a common chemical ingredient that’s also a common allergen.
If you face allergies on your skin as a result of SPF, it is probably because of oxybenzone or octyl methoxycinnamate. These are common allergens found in chemical sunscreen and they can affect your body’s hormones too. Avoid them if you see negative effects from their use.
Oily Skin Calls for Gel.
If you have oily skin, you should use a gel sunscreen or a very light lotion.
Dry Skin Calls for Cream.
If you have dry skin, you should use a creamy sunscreen that, preferably, will also moisturize your skin.
Photoallergy can Develop.
If you find yourself having an allergic reaction while wearing SPF in the sun, but you don’t see any affects when not in the sun, you are likely developing photoallergy. Chemical sunscreens can do this.
Avoid Acne-Causing Ingredients.
To promote beautiful and healthy skin, avoid any sunscreen that has isopropyl myristate and similar ingredients that can cause acne, such as SD, denatured alcohol, red dyes, and coconut oil.
Use the Right SPF.
Not all SPF is created equal. If you plan to be in the sun for under 30 minutes, SPF 15 is a good daily use sunscreen. But, when out in the sun for longer, you need to use a higher SPF.
Protect your Nose.
Your nose projects out from your other facial features, which makes it more susceptible to UV damage than many other areas. Always apply sunscreen thoroughly here.
UVA Rays are Very Strong.
Even in the morning, UVA rays are very strong and they can also penetrate glass.
Clouds Don’t Count.
Many people think that, just because it’s cloudy, they don’t need sunscreen. Always check the UV index for your area when deciding the sun protection you need. UV rays can penetrate through the clouds.
Your Phone can Burn you.
If you are using a cellphone in the sun, the UV light can be reflected off and onto your face, thus increasing your exposure and accelerating aging.
The Snow can Burn you too.
Just because it’s cold out doesn’t mean the sun can’t hurt you! Snow is especially reflective for UV rays and you should always wear sunscreen on your face and other exposed areas.
Water and the Ground Reflect too.
If you are near water or even just walking outside, the ground can reflect the UV rays and even cause them to get under your hat. The pool and shiny surfaces do the same.
Go for a Wide Brim.
A baseball cap can help protect you from the sun, but a wide-brimmed hat is a much better option for protecting your nose and ears, which are often overlooked.
It’s Not Too Late!
Maybe you didn’t wear sunscreen when you were younger, but it’s not too late. As we get older, our sun-damaged DNA
Becomes less effective at repairing itself. Protect it as much as possible.
Getting lots of antioxidants will increase your sun protection.
Wear Protective Clothing.
There are many cute options on the market, from scarves and cover-ups to UV-protecting swimsuit styles. Wear them!
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