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How To Apply Sunscreen For Maximum Protection This Summer

Have you ever wondered what is the perfect method to protect the surface of the skin and the many layers beneath? The safest way to protect your skin is using sunscreen. We all are constantly being told about the importance of applying sunscreen, but rarely are we explained how to wear it properly. We know how vital it is to slather on sunscreen before going outside, but did you know it is equally important to apply sunscreen even if you are indoors. All of these questions regarding SPF will be answered in this blog. 

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Moreover, no sunscreen provides 100% UV protection, but many sunburns are induced by infrequent application or using it in the wrong way. Some experts say that many people do not follow the right directions given on the bottle. Wearing sunscreen regularly in a correct way will not only prevent your skin from scorching heat but also protect you from sun damage and other skin issues. So, in this blog post, I will tell you how to apply sunscreen for maximum protection this summer. Read on!

Which SPF offers maximum protection?

Many dermatologists suggest wearing SPF of 30 or above; it is also clinically proven that this amount of SPF provides sufficient protection to decrease the adverse outcomes of sunlight. Additionally, an SPF of 50 or 40 is also ideal; the higher the SPF, the richer the sunscreen would be. However, nowadays, you can also get higher SPF in easily absorbent and lightweight formulas.

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Also, when used properly, there is hardly any difference left between a sunscreen with SPF 30 or above. You only need to be consistent with the application and reapplication of it for gaining its maximum benefits.

How to apply sunscreen correctly?

You must be well aware of the amount and timing of applying sunscreen if you need enough protection from the UV rays. Below I have shared a few steps that you can follow while wearing sunscreen in your daily routine. 

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  • You must cleanse your face first in the morning with a gentle cleanser in summer. Try the Rose Hip Radiance Cleanser by Mello Beauty; it is rich in vitamin A and C to cleanse deeply without stripping the natural oils from the skin. 

  • Now, spritz some hydrating toner on your entire face for an extra dose of refreshment and instant hydration. 

  • Apply a moisturizer that contains the goodness of hyaluronic acid, jojoba seed oil, aloe vera, or glycerin. These ingredients are great to work on all skin types, especially in summer. I recommend using Brightening Cream by Mello Beauty enriched with hyaluronic acid, apricot kernel oil, and jojoba seed oil. It is lightweight in texture and provides intense moisturization to the skin for long hours.

  • After moisturizing, it's time to slather sunscreen. Always shake the bottle well before squeezing out the sunscreen. This will help to mix up all the particles and spread them evenly in the container. Even if the product is in tube packaging, you should jiggle it well before using it.

  • The most crucial step that comes next is how much sunscreen to apply? You must use about 1 ounce or about two tablespoons of sunscreen to cover your entire face and body. Besides, you can also take the amount that would perfectly fit into a shot glass. If you apply more than you think it is still good, there is no harm in using a large amount of sunscreen. 

  • Do not neglect your neck, back, ears, knees, and legs, usually the areas exposed to the skin.

How often do you apply sunscreen?

For maximum sun protection, you should re-apply your sunscreen every couple of hours. Mostly, sunscreen should be reapplied every two years, or usually frequently if you are sweating or swimming. The best time to wear SPF is 30 minutes before you go outside, and make sure to cover all revealed areas of your skin. Of course, it is always better to avoid direct sunlight; make sure you guard your eyes with sunglasses and put on a hat to prevent yourself from the harmful rays. 

how to apply sunscreen

Do you think your lips need protection too?

The harmful UV rays always attack the exposed areas, no matter if it's your hands, lips, or face. Unfortunately, people often forget to protect their lips, and it can be possibly dangerous; your lips might suffer from dark spots, pigmentation, or even dryness. You may have seen many athletes apply sunscreen on their lips, but you do not have to do that, as there are many other great options available for the lips these days.

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Furthermore, there is also no harm in using lip protection; you can try lip balms or lip salves with SPF. It will not only keep your lips hydrated and well moisturized but also shield them against sun damage.

What are the different types of sunscreens?

Basically, there are two categories of sunscreens, chemical and physical. Mineral or physical sunscreens form a protective barrier on the skin. On the other side, chemical sunscreens work after they get absorbed into the skin. Titanium dioxide or Zinc oxide are included in the physical sunscreens and are also great for sensitive skin.

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Furthermore, Avobenzone, Homosalate, Oxybenzone, and Octisalate are the ingredients used in the chemical sunscreens. Physical and chemical sunscreens are the broad spectrum that will protect you from UVA and UVB rays. 

Now that you know how to wear sunscreen correctly and its advantages, do not forget to apply it daily in the morning. No matter if the climate is cloudy or rainy, never skip SPF. 

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