How’s And Why’s Of Using A Sunscreen

Go through magazines, browse the internet, read in your favorite newspaper – you will find tons of information about sunscreens. Though the use of sunscreen is emphasized in each article or skin care tip; there is no clear information provided about how exactly and why exactly you need to apply your sunscreen. This article is all about the humble and all so important sunscreens.

Applying Sunscreen Properly

Most people use sunscreen improperly by not applying enough. They apply only 25% to 50% of the recommended amount. Sunscreen should be applied liberally enough to all sun-exposed areas that it forms a film when initially applied. It takes 20-30 minutes for sunscreen to be absorbed by the skin, so it should be applied at least product applied especially on the face since some sunscreens can break down in the presence of water contained in water-based foundations and moisturizers.

Reapplying Sunscreen

The instructions on sunscreen labels recommend reapplying sunscreen. A common instruction is to reapply sunscreen after 2-4 hours in the sun. However, one study has shown that reapplying sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes after being in the sun is more effective than waiting 2 hours. It is possible that this time period is more effective because most people do not apply enough sunscreen initially, and this second application approximates the actual amount needed. Sunscreen should also be reapplied after swimming, excessive sweating, or toweling.

Daily Sunscreen

Sunscreen should be applied daily. The daily use of a low-SPF sunscreen (15) has been shown to be more effective in preventing skin damage than the intermittent use of a higher SPF sunscreen.

Sunscreen And Insect Repellents

Insect repellents reduce the sunscreen’s SPF by up to one-third. When using sunscreen and insect repellent together, a higher SPF should be used and reapplied more often.

Along with your sunscreen that should be used to the sun and reapplied if required, one should not forget to incorporate an anti-aging cream in their skin care routines. Spa Elixir Cream is a good option, to begin with, if you already lacking in getting yourself an anti-aging product.

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