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SPF 101: Everything You Need To Know About How To Apply Sunscreen On Face!

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Whenever we think of applying sunscreen, our mind automatically goes to us chilling at a beach with a drink in one hand and posting Insta stories with the other one. Why? Probably because most of us think sunscreen should only be applied when we are hitting the beach, going to a pool party or stepping out during summers. Eh, wrong! 

But before anything you should also know how to apply sunscreen on face. Sunscreen should be applied every day and not when you’re stepping out or planning to wear a bikini. Believe it or not, the sun starts to damage our skin as soon as it comes out in the morning. Yup, even if you are indoors. So, if you can see the light in the morning, it's your cue to reach out for your fave sunscreen.

Wondering how to apply sunscreen on face daily? We’ve got you! Scroll to know about sunscreen and how to use sunscreen on face!

Here’s The Correct Way How To Apply Sunscreen On Face!

Applying sunscreen isn’t hard, all you gotta do is squeeze out some product on your hands and apply it to your face. It comes down to a matter of habit, make applying SPF as routine as brushing your teeth and your skin will thank you. If you are stepping out, make sure you apply an adequate amount of sunscreen on all the parts that are going to be exposed such as hands, neck, ears, legs, etc. But do you know how to use sunscreen on face?

Talking about how to use sunscreen, there is a correct way to apply sunscreen on face!

  • Apply sunscreen after following your CTM skin care regimen.

  • Instead of applying sunscreen directly to your face, put dots on your face to spread it and let it get absorb evenly on your skin.

  • Apply sunscreen at least 20 minutes before your face and body get exposed to the sun.

  • Apply a thick layer of sunscreen and be careful around the eyes, especially.

  • Apply sunscreen every two hours when outside for better protection.

  • Always apply sunscreen more than you think you need.

  • Apply sunscreen that’s water-resistant and gives a good amount of coverage.

 

How To Use Sunscreen On Face? Know All About The Quantity!

How To Use Sunscreen On Face

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Now that’s the question of the hour, isn’t it?  If you’re wondering how to use sunscreen on face in terms of quantity or when to apply sunscreen, we’re going to break it down for you. Experts recommend applying ⅓ to ½ teaspoon of sunscreen for your face and neck. To give you a simpler example, take your tube of sunscreen and squeeze it out in a line on your index finger. Repeat this on your middle finger and ring finger. That is the amount of sunscreen you should be using daily. 

What are the spots on the body that we shouldn't miss?

Anything that is bare and is exposed to sunlight; face, hands, arms, legs and everything in between-- are your spots to apply sunscreen. You can use a sunscreen infused body lotion on the other parts of your body but for the face, use a minimum of SPF 30.

What about the scalp and lips?

Now let's talk about how to apply sunscreen on face on parts like the lips and scalp.

 

The Scalp: The best way to protect your scalp (and hair too) from sun damage is by wearing a hat or a scarf to cover it. Unlike our face, the sunlight hits directly on the scalp and can cause minor burns, if we are not careful. To protect specifically your mane, make sure you use hair serum with SPF protection 10-15 mins ago before stepping out.

Lips: Did you know that your lips are three times more sensitive than your skin? The best way to take care of your lips before sun exposure is by using an SPF infused lip balm before applying your lipstick.

 

When should I use water-resistant sunscreen?

There are various types of sunscreen available in the market and if you are planning a beach holiday, then get your hands on a water-resistant sunscreen. It’ll not only protect you when the sun is shining at its finest but will also not flush down when you’re in the water. Water-resistant sunscreen is also great when you’re out and about and likely to sweat a lot.

Are moisturizers or makeup with SPF enough? -

No, nothing can replace your physical sunblock. Having makeup and skincare with added SPF is great but don’t let that replace an actual sunscreen. Look for a sunscreen that offers an SPF protection of 30 when you’re indoors and an SPF of 50 when you’re out in the sun.

What goes on first: Sunscreen or moisturizer?

The best way to use sunscreen is to apply it at last, after you have completed your skincare routine. Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before stepping out in the sun.

Do I need to use sunscreen indoors?

Yes. You need to wear sunscreen every day, even if you are indoors. The sun’s rays can creep into your home from open windows and cause just as much skin damage! Constant exposure to sunlight can cause sunspots, fine lines, premature wrinkles. If you want to protect your skin from all that and more, then wear sunscreen every morning as the final step of your AM skincare regimen.

How do I choose the right sunscreen for me?

 When selecting the perfect sunscreen for you, here’s what you should keep in mind. Commonly, there are three varieties of sunscreen options for you to choose from. Namely; broad-spectrum, water-resistant and SPF (sun protection factor).

Broad-spectrum: If the label says broad-spectrum, it means that this particular sunscreen can help protect your skin from types of UV rays (UVA & UVB). If you plan to stay in the sun for more than 3-4 hours, then go for this one.

Spf 30 or higher: Dermatologists recommends wearing an SPF of 30 or so for mild sun exposure or while you are chilling indoors.

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Water-resistant: As the name suggests, this type of sunscreen will work best against sweat and will stay put even if you are in the water. This is your top pick for a tropical holiday!

Is the application of sunscreen different from that of a moisturizing lotion?

Not really. You should apply both sunscreen and moisturiser daily without fail. But for your PM skincare routine, replace your day moisturiser with a night cream and definitely skip the sunscreen.

How do I control the oiliness/ stickiness after applying sunscreen?

If you are looking for ways to control oiliness after applying sunscreen, here’s what you can do.

  • Use a cotton pad and dab it gently on the skin to remove traces of oil

  • You can also brush your face with a compact or loose powder to instantly freshen up.

How To Apply Sunscreen On Face: Tips and Hacks 

Here are some sunscreen hacks that every skincare fanatic should know about: 

  • You can use your sunscreen in place of your moisturiser but never the other way around.

  • If you are travelling, then you can try a sunscreen spray or a stick.

  • If you have really sensitive skin, then use a setting spray to keep it in place after applying sunscreen.

  • Never forget your lips or the scalp. Make sure you keep an SPF-infused lip balm with you at all times and a scarf for your mane.

  • If you are heading towards a beach, then make sure you apply sunscreen twice -- once 30 mins before leaving the house and the second time, 10-15 mins before going into the water.

  • If you tend to get sunburnt and tan easily, then keep an aloe vera gel handy. Use it to cool and soothe your skin after sun exposure, toss it into the refrigerator to keep it chilled.

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MyGlamm’s Manish Malhotra Sandalwood SPF 25 Gel

The Manish Malhotra sandalwood sunscreen gel is enriched with enhanced properties and feel-good ingredients that deeply nourish dehydrated and dull skin, keep bacterial infections at bay, brighten dull skin, and protect skin from sun damage.

Organic Harvest Sunscreen - SPF 60

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Organic Harvest Sunscreen With SPF 60

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St. Botanica Vitamin C SPF 50 Sunblock Face & Body Mist Sunscreen

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Aloe Vera, Green Tea, Cucumber Sunscreen SPF 50

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St. Botanica Nature’s Vitamin C Brightening Sunscreen SPF 50

Nature’s vitamin c brightening sunscreen protects your skin from tanning and sunburn, makes the skin brighter, minimizes premature skin ageing, and promotes hydrated skin.

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So now that you know how to apply sunscreen on face, make SPF your BFF!