Are You Applying Your Sunscreen the Right Way?

We all know how important sun protection is. It not only protects us from sun damage but also protects our skin and reduces the risk of skin cancer. But did you know that there are particular rules when it comes to applying sunscreen?

When you live in a place like the UAE, you need to be very vigilant when it comes to sun protection. The sun gets so strong over here that just heading to the mall can result in sunburn. Since we’re pretty strong advocates of sun protection, we’ve put together a few tips to make sure you are protected.

1. Make sure you’re applying enough. Lots of people think that all you need to do is slap on a tiny drop of sunscreen and you’re done. The truth is, improper application can render even an SPF 60 useless. Usually, you should apply a dollop about the same size as a 50-fils coin to your face and neck. Try: Hamilton Sunscreen Everyday Face Moisturising Cream SPF 30

2. Choose the right SPF. Most doctors agree that SPF 15 is enough for every day incidental exposure, as it filters about 93% of UV rays. If you’re running around town, an SPF 30 is your best bet, protecting against 97% of UV rays. If you are heading to the beach, make sure you go for a broad spectrum formula and try to use a product that contains at least an SPF 50. Try: Comfort Zone Sun Soul Face Cream SPF 15

3. Apply it at the right time. Sunscreen should be applied at the end of your skincare routine (after toners and serums), but before your makeup. We like to apply our products then go get breakfast to give everything time to set before we apply our makeup. Ideally, sunscreen should be applied at least 20 minutes before you head outside to give it time to activate. Try: Murad Waterproof Sunblock SPF30

4. Reapply when necessary. Unfortunately, most sunscreens do need to be reapplied to maintain their efficacy. Make sure you reapply your sunscreen at least every two hours and definitely reapply it as soon as you get out of the water.  Try: Dr. Dennis Gross Sheer Mineral Sun Spray SPF 50

– Rebecca Harrisson

 

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