- #1 You’re missing out these spots
- #3 Your SPF isn’t high enough
- #5 You’re not layering up for protection
#1 You’re missing out these spots
Slathering on sunscreen on your face is part of your daily routine, but are you sure you’re covering all the spots? We tend to miss areas like the nose, ears, neck and lips. Keeping in mind our permanent sweltering weather, it’s a good idea to keep a lip balm with sunscreen handy. And make sure that you don’t forget your body. Abide by this rule of thumb: Every part of the body that’s exposed to the sun needs sunscreen.
#2 You’re not using a broad spectrum formula
Take a second look at your sunscreen label. If it only offers you protection against UVB rays, it’s time you invest in a broad spectrum formula. UVB rays are what cause sun burns. However, UVA rays are the ones you need to be wary of, because they’re the ones that cause long term damage to skin. So, just make sure that your sunscreen has everything covered!
#3 Your SPF isn’t high enough
Often, reaching out for that moisturiser with sunscreen seems like the convenient thing to do. Unfortunately, chances are that the product offers too little protection against the sun. It’s better to invest in a standalone sunscreen of at least SPF 30. Our pick is the Lakmé 9to5 Hydrating Super Sunscreen SPF 50 PA+++ which is perfect for oily skin types—it offers protection without the usual greasiness of sunscreen.
#4 You’re not reapplying your sunscreen
It’s likely that your commute to work involves local transport and a whole lotta dust and grime. If that’s the case, you should be opting for a sweat resistant formula. If your work requires you to be out in the sun for long hours, your sunscreen should be applied every 2 hours to keep your skin sun safe. Also, a water-resistant sunscreen is a must if you’re planning that beach holiday.
#5 You’re not layering up for protection
In the event that you don’t have a bottle of sunscreen handy, sun protective clothing is handy. Even if you apply your sunscreen, you cannot completely write off damage by the sun and the elements at large. So, if you’re out and about in the day, carry essentials like a summer hat, scarf and a pair of sunglasses. Not only are these items highly functional, but also give you a chic summer-ready vibe.
#6 You don’t apply sunscreen when it’s not sunny
That’s probably the biggest mistake that you’re making. Just because it’s cloudy outside or even if you’re indoors, a sunscreen is a must. There’s still no escaping the dreaded UVA rays. So, even if there’s a downpour outside, stock up on sunscreen—your all-weather friend.