How To Use Sunscreen And Effectively Block More Than 90 Percent Of UV Rays

Sunscreen should be the number one product on your skincare list, and with good reason. UV rays are responsible for the majority of wrinkles on the average person.
There’s no point in grabbing upon dozens of anti-aging serums when the root cause is not being prevented.  Hence, the sooner you start with consistent sunscreen application the better it is!
Woman On Beach Who Knows How To Use Sunscreen

How To Use Sunscreen

Does everyone really know how to use sunscreen? Apart from an effective formula, it’s also necessary to use the proper technique.

Research says, 67% of individuals don’t use enough sun protection. While that may be quite a common mistake, there’s a lot more that goes into the whole process.

Which Sunscreens Work The Best?

First. a good-quality sunscreen lotion (mineral or chemical-based) that is well-suited to your skin type, is a must. Otherwise, getting through the required amount can seem impossible.

I prefer natural zinc-based sunblocks, so if you feel the same you can find a nice one at 10 Sunscreens With Zinc That Protect Your Skin From UV Rays *and* Calm Inflammation (from Well and Good). Zinc oxide can additionally help with acne and oily skin.

The lotion should be able to blend easily onto the skin, without causing any irritation. In case it causes a white cast, that should still be able to disappear after a few minutes.

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How Much Sunscreen Should You Apply?

Scientists tested the performance of sun lotions when applied 2mg/(square) cm on surfaces. According to the rule, the size of a male face in the 95 percentile requires a 1/4 teaspoon.
This isn’t uniform for everyone but is a good starting point. If you like to have exact measurements, you can find out your facial surface area.
Lab muffin has done the experiment here. She found that she only needed about 61% of the specified value, and most would agree.

On the other hand, says to use from one third to half a teaspoon for the face and neck areas combined. Here’s what amounts I would suggest if you’ve got:

A smaller face and neck- 1/4 teaspoon
A normal-sized face and neck- 1/3 teaspoon
A larger face and neck- 1/2 teaspoon

Sunscreen To Use In Terms Of Teaspoons And Shotglass

As for the whole face and body, fill up a regular shot glass or 1 ounce. When in doubt, it’s better to use a bit more.

How To Apply Sunscreen To Face?

Now we’ve got the quantity out of the way. Applying sunscreen on the face is relatively simple. It must be the last product on your skin but before primer or makeup.

You want it to create a thin film on the skin, which will absorb/reflect incident UV rays.

With the fingers, put small dots of lotion all over the face. Gently rub it to sort of create an additional layer.

Repeat the process on the neck. Don’t forget the earlobes, nose, chin, and back of the hand. It’s also a good idea to reach for the hands too.

Regardless of the active ingredients, try to wait about 15-20 minutes for the film to dry. Applying products on top (or exposing yourself to the sun) can remove some of it.

You can even use patting motions to get rid of potential white casts. After this waiting period, the sunscreen should feel like a second skin.

How Often Should You Reapply Sunscreen?

Reapplication doesn’t have to be done every day. Days spent solely in the office or grocery store (with minimal exposure) can suffice on a single dose of lotion.
However, if you’re constantly under the strong sun, sweating it off, or inside the water, you must do touchups. For the body, apply cream after every 2 hours, or 90-minutes (if swimming).
Of-course use a water-resistant formula at the beach! On the face, you can do the same.
For women wearing makeup, or those who don’t want to pile on another layer, buy touchup items. Instead of putting on the same heavy amount, you can add a bit of extra SPF in-between.
These include special sun safety setting sprays, facial mists, powders, sticks, etc.
Tarteguard For Sunscreen Reapplication
I hope this how to use sunscreen post was just what you needed. Please follow my blog for more such content. Thanks for reading and have a great day!
9 Sunscreen Myths You Need To Stop Believing is another article on sunscreen tips that I think everyone should know about.

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