If you’re wondering why I’m writing ‘How To Apply Sunscreen Correctly’, I am going to direct you to read this article first.
It felt a little cruel to write that piece and then leave you in the dark about the correct way to look after your skin.
So, here’s a quick article on the most important things to note, when applying sunscreen.
Choose the right one
Ideally you want a sunscreen that is:
SPF of 30 or higher
Provides broad-spectrum coverage (UVA and UVB coverage)
How much should you apply?
Most people are not applying enough sunscreen to meet the protection advertised on the SPF bottle.
As a guide, most adults should aim to apply; 2 teaspoons of sunscreen if you’re just covering your head, arms and neck.
2 tablespoons if you’re covering your entire body while wearing a swimming costume.
Where should you apply it?
Apply sunscreen to all skin not covered by clothing. This includes neck, face, ears, tops of your feet and legs. For hard to reach areas like your back, ask for help.
For your lips, you can buy lip balms that have SPF in it and if you have thinning hair, remember to wear a hat.
When should you apply it?
If you plan to be out in the sun long enough to risk burning, sunscreen needs to be applied twice; 30 minutes before going and just before going out.
To remain protected when outdoors, reapply sunscreen every two hours, or immediately after swimming or sweating.
I hope this answers some of the more obvious questions about SPF application. I’ll be posting this as an infographic on my own Instagram, later on today. To see more skincare tips, that you can save follow me on here.
Until next time, don’t listen to Gwyneth Paltrow and save this post to remember how to apply sunscreen correctly!