We know SPF is the most important step in your daily skincare routine, but its effectiveness depends on applying it properly. Dermatologists recommend these tips to ensure you get the most out of your sunscreen, so your skin can stay radiant and healthy.
Choosing the right sunscreen
Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. Make sure it's also water resistant and broad-spectrum to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Interestingly, zinc based SPF are naturally broad spectrum, unlike chemical sunscreens.
Applying sunscreen properly
If you don't re-apply your sunscreen properly, it won't do it's job. These are our tips for ultimate coverage:
Apply before going outside
If you're wearing chemical SPF, you need to apply at least 15 minutes before heading outdoors to allow your skin to absorb it fully. Mineral sunscreens on the other hand, offer a physical barrier protecting your skin from the moment it's on, so you can apply right before heading outside.
Use the right amount of SPF
Most adults need about 35 grams (equivalent to a shot glass) to cover their entire body adequately. For your face, it's about 1/4 teaspoon.
How and when to reapply
To stay protected from excess UV, reapplying sunscreen is crucial.
Reapply every two hours
Regularly reapply your SPF every two hours to maintain its effectiveness.
After swimming or sweating
Make sure you're reapplying right after swimming or sweating to make sure you're still covered.
How to reapply mineral sunscreen
Mineral sunscreen is thicker and a little more persistent to spread. Before reapplying, washing excess dirt and oil build up with water or hydrating with a mist can keep your skin feeling fresh throughout the day. Reapply a 1/4 amount and dot around the face before gently rubbing it in to ensure even coverage.