How To Use Sunscreen And Effectively Block More Than 90 Percent Of UV Rays
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.
How Much Sunscreen Should You Apply?
On the other hand, wellandgood.com 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
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.