The Dos and Don'ts of Sunscreen

Rain or shine, sunscreen is a must-have. 

Quick lowdown: It's crucial in preventing skin cancer, free radical damage and it slows signs of ageing. Here are some dos and don’ts about SPF that might be totally new to you or that you may know and can serve as a good refresher!

Do: Apply it everyday

Is the sun out? Apply sunscreen. Is it an overcast day? Apply sunscreen. Is it pouring outside? Apply your sunscreen! Simply put, sunscreen is an everyday affair. Regardless of the weather or if you are indoors, UV rays are constantly active and can harm your skin. The amount of sunscreen you need will differ depending on your face but when in doubt, the golden rule is to apply 1/3 to 1/2 a teaspoon to cover your face, neck and ears. 

Don’t: Ignore the level of SPF 

A level of SPF 30 is suitable for everyday use, but if you’re going to be outdoors for extended periods of time, up the level to SPF 50 for increased protection from UV rays and free radicals. Bonus points if the sunscreen is waterproof (remember this actually means water-resistant, not totally waterproof). 

Do: Choose a formula that’s right for you, just ensure it’s broad spectrum

Sunscreens come as physical or chemical sunscreens. A physical one acts as a layer on top of your skin and works by scattering visible light and absorbing UV rays. A chemical sunscreen is one that sinks into the skin and absorbs UV rays to convert them into heat. If you have sensitive skin, you might prefer a physical sunscreen to avoid irritation. 

Don’t: Be scared to reapply

As you go about your day, your sunscreen will wear off over time. To ensure your skin is properly protected, reapply a layer every two hours. Make-up wearers, do not fear! Try a powdered formula, stick formula or try applying your liquid formula with a beauty sponge for easy reapplication on top of makeup. 

Do: Remind your family and friends to apply their sunscreen

Sun protection has no limits! Give a shout to your loved ones and close friends by reminding them to apply their sunscreen. We’re all on this journey of protection and prevention together. 

Don’t: Forget to wash it off

Make sure you’re ending the day with a clean face by washing off your sunscreen. Although sunscreen wears off during the day, you’ll want to properly cleanse your face to get rid of residue, dirt and debris. A micellar water will do the trick in a pinch but if you’ve got more time for a longer routine, go for a double cleanse - and if you aren’t sure if double cleansing is for you, stay tuned for our next blog post where we give you the lowdown!

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