Here’s how you should apply sunscreen:
Choose the right sunscreen for your skin tone: For those who are dark skin tones must pick micronized formulas this is because the sunscreen are small and not visible. This keeps your skin from turning weird, greyish cast but they still protect from ultraviolet radiation, which is what you want. These kind of skin are subject to higher percentage of water loss at top layers of skin, so using a formula that has a higher moisturizing factor will help keep the formula put so the SPF factor has a chance to work.
The process of applying is vital: Remember sunscreen os is only after moisturizer and other skin treatments but before makeup. Sunscreen should be the last thing you put on your skin if you don’t wear any makeup. You have to wait 20-30 minutes after the last product you applied on your face (or until all soaked into you skin) before applying the sunscreen – this is to make sure that other products don’t interfere with your sunscreen’s ability to form a protective layer on your skin. There are people who argue that sunscreen works best only when applied on the bare skin (that way it can bond with the skin and offer better protection), but that’s not very necessary. When sunscreen is the outermost layer, it forms a nice shield against UV rays. Whatever you do, do not mix sunscreen with your moisturizer or foundation because that could ruin the effectiveness of the sunscreen formulation.
Give time for your sunscreen to work: If you are using a chemical sunscreen, it’s best to wait 20-30 minutes after applying before going outside so the UV filters have time to soak into your skin and form a protective layer. You don’t have to wait for all-physical sunscreens. Sunscreens with titanium dioxide and zinc oxide actives are effective as soon as you put it on. However, since there are sunscreens with both chemical and physical UV filters, it’s generally a good idea to apply sunscreen 15-30 minutes before sun exposure.
Liberal application of sunscreen: Apply 1/4 teaspoon of sunscreen on your whole face to ensure adequate coverage. (1/4 teaspoon is about the size of a nickel if your sunscreen is runny and flat. If your blob of sunscreen is thicker and rises higher, it will be about the size of a penny.) For your face and neck, 1/2 teaspoon will suffice. For your body, 2 tablespoons or 1 ounce is the recommended amount. This may seem like a lot of sunscreens, but 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 protection.
The motion of the potion: Don’t rub sunscreen just pat it. This will help reduce skin irritation and also ensure that the sunscreen is applied evenly all over. You want a uniform film of sunscreen on your skin to get uniform protection. Some physical sunscreens are also rubbed off easily. By patting them on your skin instead of rubbing them into your skin, you prevent that from happening. Patting on sunscreen also makes it easier to apply sunscreen if your sunscreen has a tendency to ball up under makeup.
Re-apply throughout the day: Every 2 hours re-apply sunscreen. Its vital if you are staying outdoors for a long time sweat a lot, exercise vigorously, or go swimming. During the sun exposure sweat, water, facial oils, and the degradation of sunscreen actives can all interfere with a sunscreen’s level of protection. Re-applying sunscreen ensures that you get full protection.