#1 The order
Once you’re done with your daily initial skin ritual — serum, moisturiser and eye cream — add a generous amount of sunscreen. After your sunscreen is soaked in and settled properly, apply your makeup. When sunscreen is the outermost layer, it forms a nice shield against UV rays. Ideally you should wait for 10-15 minutes for your SPF to perform and protect. Layering a tinted SPF on top of your regular sunscreen is ideal during the summer months. It adds additional protection and evens out your complexion.
#2 The higher the better?
In a study it was proven that SPF 30 blocks out 90% of the sun's rays, SPF 70 blocks out 98% — it's a small difference that makes no difference. Most experts recommend that you stick to SPF 30 and then reapply regularly for maximum effect - every 2 hours should do the trick. This is especially important if you are going to be outdoors for a long time, sweat a lot, exercise vigorously, or go swimming. Constant sun exposure can interfere with a sunscreen's level of protection. Reapplying periodically ensures that you get full protection.
#3 Pat on
Just like your serum, it’s better you pat your sunscreen instead of rubbing it in. This will not only ensure it’s equally applied everywhere but also reduce any skin irritation. Take your time while applying, as you want a uniform film of sunscreen on your skin to get uniform protection. This will also make it easier to apply sunscreen if it has a tendency to ball up under makeup.
#4 Be generous
Apply at least 1/2 a teaspoon on your face and neck. It may seem a lot but pat it in or massage it properly to ensure adequate coverage. For your body, 2 tablespoons is the recommended amount. If you don't apply the proper amount, you won't have a thick enough layer of sunscreen on your skin to form a shield for adequate coverage.
#5 Choose the one for your skin
Many a time you could break out because of your sunscreen. Make sure you choose one for your skin type. There is a vast range of options from sensitive skin to oily skin, fragrance-free to whitening type. There are also water-resistant sunscreens that are ideal for swimmers or those of you out in the sun. But make sure you reapply after every couple of hours for maximum protection.
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