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14 must know do’s and don’ts of using sunscreen

Let’s face it: sunscreen is a non-negotiable part of any skincare routine. It's a widespread misconception that sunscreen is only necessary for beach days or other adventures. In truth, safeguarding our skin from harmful UV rays should be a daily ritual, irrespective of our activities or destination. However, despite our best intentions, common mistakes can compromise our skin's protection and lead to unintended damage. Hence, let’s talk about the essential do's and don'ts to bear in mind when it comes to sunscreen application, ensuring optimal defence. 

In This Article:

Do's:

Do's:

1. Prioritise Broad-Spectrum Formulas

Opt for sunscreen labelled as broad-spectrum to shield against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for active ingredients like Hyaluronic acid or Niacinamide, which offer comprehensive protection against the sun's harmful spectrum. Need gel based sunscreen? Then check out our Hyaluronic Acid & Pro-Ceramides Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA +++. This one is clinically and In-Vivo tested that will keep you protected from harsh UVA/UVB rays and blue light at all times.

2. Pick The Right Formulation

Formulation is always important. Sunscreen formulation that suits your skin type and preferences. Whether you prefer lotions, creams, gels, or sprays, selecting a texture that feels comfortable and blends seamlessly into your skin enhances the likelihood of consistent application.

3. Choose The Right SPF

Selecting the appropriate Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is crucial. Consider factors such as your skin type, the intensity of sun exposure, and the duration of outdoor activities. While SPF 30 offers adequate protection for daily use, higher SPF 50 sunscreen values may be preferable for prolonged sun exposure or individuals with fair or sensitive skin. When it comes to shielding your body against any kind of sun damage, consider opting for our Vitamin C & Pro-Ceramides Fluid Body Lotion SPF 50 PA++++. A sunscreen that leaves no white cast and is absolutely non-greasy, this one is clearly a must-have for your daily routine. 

4. Look For The Right Ingredients

Opt for sunscreen formulations enriched with skin-nourishing ingredients such as antioxidants, Hyaluronic acid, or Vitamin E. These additions not only enhance sun protection but also offer supplementary benefits, such as hydration, antioxidant defence, and skin repair.

5. Always Apply Sunscreen Before Makeup

Establish the habit of applying non comedogenic sunscreen as the initial step in your skincare routine, preceding makeup application. This ensures that your skin receives adequate protection against UV rays throughout the day, safeguarding against photoageing and other sun-induced skin concerns. Allow the sunscreen to absorb fully before proceeding with makeup application for optimal efficacy.

6. Cover Every Inch

Leave no corner unprotected. Ensure thorough coverage by applying sunscreen to all exposed areas, including oft-neglected spots like the ears, lips, and tops of feet. Don't let your guard down—every inch counts.

7. Sunscreen As A Year-Round Staple

Sunscreen isn't just for beach days. Make it a daily habit, regardless of the weather or season. UV rays penetrate clouds and windows, making sunscreen a year-round necessity.

Don'ts:

1. Don't Rely Solely on High SPF

While a high SPF is beneficial, don't let it lull you into a false sense of security. High SPF does not equate to invincibility.

2. Avoid Sunscreen Overlook

Don't overlook commonly missed areas such as the scalp, lips, and back of the neck. Invest in specialised products like scalp sprays and lip balms with SPF to ensure comprehensive coverage.

3. Steer Clear Of Expired Products

Sunscreen efficacy diminishes over time. Don't gamble with expired products—toss them out and invest in fresh sunscreen to guarantee optimal protection.

4. Don't Forget Reapplication After Water Activities

Resist the temptation to bask in the sun without reapplication after swimming or sweating. Even water-resistant sunscreen loses its effectiveness over time, necessitating timely reapplication for continuous protection.

5. Don't Neglect Protective Measures

Sunscreen alone won’t work. Pair it with other protective measures such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and donning wide-brimmed hats and sunglasses for complete protection against UV radiation.

6. Don’t Use On Damp Skin

Skip applying sunscreen on damp skin to ensure proper absorption and effectiveness against UV rays.

7. Don’t Use The Same Sunscreen For Body And Face 

Opt for dedicated sunscreen for face to address specific needs and prevent skin issues, rather than using the same product for both face and body.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q:1 Is it OK to apply sunscreen directly on face without moisturiser?

A. Yes, it is generally acceptable to apply sunscreen directly onto the face without using a moisturiser beforehand. However, if you have dry skin, using a moisturiser before applying sunscreen can help to keep your skin hydrated and prevent it from feeling dry or tight.

Q:2 Can we apply sunscreen on bare skin?

A. Yes, sunscreen can be applied directly onto bare skin. In fact, it is recommended to apply sunscreen onto clean, dry skin before heading outdoors, as this ensures maximum protection against harmful UV rays. However, it is best to opt for a moisturiser beneath your sunscreen as the next step post cleansing.

Q:3 How long does SPF 50 last on the face?

A. The protection offered by SPF 50 sunscreen lasts for approximately two hours. However, it's essential to reapply sunscreen every two hours, especially if you're sweating or swimming, to maintain its effectiveness and ensure protection against sun damage.

Written by Needhi Dhoker on Feb 09, 2024
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