Your ultimate guide for applying sunscreen the right way

Written by Sumona BoseApr 28, 2021

Sunscreen is one of those skincare essentials that should be used all year round, come rain or shine. Regular use of sunblock can keep signs of premature ageing like dark spots, hyperpigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles at bay. They are also a must-use if you’re using products formulated with potent ingredients like AHAs, BHAs, retinol or salicylic acid. These products make the skin overly sensitive and unprotected sun exposure can irritate the skin and cause damage.

Now that we’ve established the importance of sunscreen, let us tell you that it’s important to apply sunscreen the right way to gain maximum benefits. That’s why we’ve put together this handy guide that’ll teach you how to apply sunscreen the right way.

01. The right formula

It is essential to choose a sunscreen formula that suits your skin type. Oily skin types benefit from gel and water-based formulas because they absorb quickly into the skin. As for dry skin, you can opt for thick creams and lotions that not only give you sun protection but moisturise the skin as well. Those with sensitive skin types should opt for physical sunscreens over chemical ones to keep skin irritation at bay.

02. The right SPF

The sun protection factor determines the level of protection you can give your skin from UV exposure. A broad-spectrum sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 40 will keep you protected from both UVA and UVB rays. If you are planning to stay indoors, for the most part, an SPF of 15-30 will get the job done.

04. The right time

Hastily applying sunscreen and stepping out of the house will do you no good. Sunblock should be applied at least 25 to 30 minutes before stepping out in the sun. You also need to re-apply it every 3-4 hours under direct sun exposure during the daytime for maximum protection.

04. The right amount

It is necessary to slather on the right amount of sunscreen to reap maximum benefit. The rule of thumb is to use one half of a teaspoon on your face. As for the body, you need at least a shot glass worth of sunscreen to cover up exposed areas of your body. Make sure you are using the right amount and massage it in properly.

05. The right layering

Sunscreen should always be the last and final step in your skincare routine. If you use SPF-infused makeup, make sure you are still using a proper sunblock underneath to ensure adequate sun protection. Do not layer sunscreen on sweaty body parts; if you are reapplying it, pat dry yourself first and then apply it to your skin.