So it's officially sunscreen season. Although sunscreen should be used all year, it is especially important to wear SPF on hot and sunny days. When it comes to sunscreen, there is sometimes uncertainty regarding how to use it correctly and how much to apply based on skin type. In this piece, we will go through the basic instructions for utilizing this tool.
PICK AN SPF WITH A BROAD SPECTRUM
A broad-spectrum SPF must be applied in order to shield the skin from skin-damaging UVA and UVB radiation. These rays, which account for the majority of UV light, can even pass through glass.
The UV radiation that burns skin is known as UVB rays; however, it's crucial that your SPF also shields you from UVA rays. Fine wrinkles, pigmentation, uneven skin tone, big pores, rough skin, and collagen loss are all caused by UV exposure. This condition can arise not only from a beach vacation, but also from daily lunchtime walks. People of all skin tones need to use broad-spectrum SPF creams since they offer a high amount of protection against all types of radiation.
CHOOSE THE RIGHT SPF TYPE FOR YOUR SKIN
The two types of sunscreens are chemical (which contain ingredients like octinoxate and oxybenzone that act as sun filters, absorbing ultraviolet radiation and preventing skin damage) and physical (which are mineral-based and usually contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically protect the skin and reflect and absorb light).
The combination of physical and chemical solutions provides excellent broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection; however, certain skin types are unlucky enough to react to chemical formulations.
A mineral sunscreen will often be gentler if you have skin conditions like rosacea or eczema or are sensitive or prone to redness. After procedures like laser surgery or chemical peels, we also use this kind of SPF.
APPLY ENOUGH SPF
Applying a teaspoon-sized amount of cream is the recommended amount to ensure that the skin is adequately protected. The "13-point technique," which includes rubbing 13 separate SPF points into each other on the face, is a trusted technique. This enables you to apply the SPF evenly throughout the face's skin without skipping any areas.
DON'T RELY ON PROPER SPF PROTECTION PROVIDED BY COSMETICS
The idea that the SPF in your everyday makeup would be sufficient is a pretty widespread one. Unfortunately, this is a myth. This won't work if your tinted moisturizer has an SPF of 15, as that level of UV protection is insufficient.
DON'T USE LOW-SPF PRODUCTS
Which is better, SPF 30 or 50? Practically all experts agree that selecting 50 is definitely effective. It is well recognized that UV radiation contributes to both cancer and early aging. And if you wear SPF 50, you have a 95% chance of avoiding all of these conditions. In contrast, SPF 30 offers 92% protection from all of these threats. Even if the difference is minor, we recommend that you be cautious with the cream amount and the protection index.
Important! Use a lip balm containing sunscreen as well; although less frequently mentioned, it is still essential because the skin on the lips is so delicate and sensitive.