Sunscreen has been around for ages, believe it or not. The ancient Greeks used to apply olive oil while the ancient Egyptians used to apply extracts made from rice and jasmine to protect themselves from sun damage. Other civilizations used zinc oxide so that their skin was always protected from the harsh rays of the sun. But many people today don’t use sunscreen as much as they should nor do they have proper sunscreen routines. There are thousands of people who diagnosed from skin cancer every year and the main reason is over exposure to the sun. Your sunscreen routine should be as follows:
It is never too late to start sunscreen
You don’t have to wait for something bad to happen to your skin to start wearing it. You can start sunscreen from today and start taking care of your skin. But how do you apply it? Will it be greasy? Will you look like a pale ghost? Here we break it down the sunscreen routine for you:
Every skin type and tone needs it
Let’s get this myth out of the way that only white skinned or pale skin tones need to wear sunscreen. When it comes to extreme sunlight, everyone is at risk of skin damage whether it is a sunburn or skin cancer. The best type of sunscreen to choose is a broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 and you can go higher if you are going to the beach on a sunny day.
When to apply it
A sunscreen is a crucial component of your daytime skincare routine and your regimen is incomplete without it. Always apply it at least 15-30 minutes before heading out so that it is completely absorbed into the skin. You can dress up after you have ensured it is completely dried out otherwise if you dress as soon as you apply it, most of it is going to be rubbed off on the clothes.
How much to apply
The general instruction on any sunscreen is that you should apply it liberally. If you are applying just on your face, then half a teaspoon is what you need and if you are also applying on the body then a shot glass is the recommended amount.
Spread the sunscreen evenly to all areas of the body that are going to be exposed directly to the sun. After massaging, apply a thin layer again to reinforce the sunscreen into your screen. If you are going to be at the swimming pool or the beach then make sure to apply a water resistant one and reapply every 2 hours.
Sunscreen under makeup
Makeup these days also contains sunscreen but it doesn’t replace sunscreen on its own. It will be better if you apply a very thin layer of sunscreen under your makeup. Just ensure that sunscreen has been completely absorbed before your apply your makeup. Remember that foundation needs to be glided on and not rubbed in the skin like sunscreen. If you don’t have any SPF in your makeup, then apply sunscreen liberally.
Sunscreen at home
It is important to wear sunscreen even if you are indoors, especially if you have many windows in your home. Sunlight still makes it way in and you don’t want to be exposed to harmful rays.
Just choose a light SPF 15 when you’re home.