Do you still find yourself having to relieve your skin from a painful sunburn after a day out despite heeding all the sun protection advice from beauty gurus? Well, you may just be doing it all wrong in trying to ace your daily sun protection regime. To find out what could possibly be the fault, read on as we share some of the things that you could be doing wrong and help you ensure that your skin is well protected from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays from now on.
It Ain’t Just About The Numbers
Like most things in life, sunscreens aren’t all created equal. In fact, the huge variety of sunscreens available can make things really daunting and difficult for us. Despite the general guide of using the digits on the packaging of your sunscreen to indicate how high a sun protection factor the product can provide you with —the higher the reading the higher the indicative protection from the sun’s harmful UV rays, there are two other crucial factors that come to play when picking out the perfect sunscreen. They are the level of sun protection and its staying power.
In the case that your sunscreen with a super high SPF still renders your skin dry and flaky when humidity hits, you know that it is clearly not going to do a good job in helping you keep freckles out or prevent any possible sun damage to your skin. What good is it when you have slathered on sun protection but it still does not stay on your skin to bear its responsibilities?
To prevent this issue, when you are shopping for your next sunscreen product, look for water-resistant formulas, especially if you plan to wear it for a day out in the sun or doing sports, where you will be perspiring buckets. Remember to grab a bottle of spray-on sunscreen for a fuss-free touch-up and reapply after two hours or after any exposure to water.
Read The Label For Application Instructions
Most sunscreens in the market, especially the popular ones that are lightweight on the skin and are watery in texture, contain chemical sun-blocking ingredients like oxybenzone and avobenzone. As these chemicals are absorbed into your skin, they may irritate sensitive skin even though they might be really effective in protecting your skin from the sun’s rays. They could unwittingly be playing a part in causing your skin to appear blotchy. If you suspect that this could be a reason, put the product to the test when you are indoors and pretty much away from any direct sunlight. If you are allergic to them, try looking for alternatives that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide instead.
Most of the chemical sunscreens on the shelves require time to take effect. This is why some of the sunscreens specify you to apply the product on half an hour before any sun exposure. Hence, don’t just slap the sunscreen on and run into the sun! Read the labels on the products to ensure that you are aware of how and when you should apply them to avoid being caught off guard. You would not want to end up with a situation where your skin is harmed by the harsh sun rays before the product is activated despite the conscious effort to have them on in the first place for sure.
Not The Time To Be Stingy
There are many situations in which you can cut corners and save yourself a dime or two, but this is not the time to do so. No, we do not mean the prices that tag these sun protection products, but to be liberal with the amount that you are going to slather on. As a rule of thumb, half a teaspoon is a sufficient amount to apply to your entire face and neck area. So do not spread the sunscreen too thin and end up with a waste of time and effort as you would need to touch up your sun protection more frequently. If you leave it status quo instead of touching up, your skin is pretty much exposed to the ultraviolet rays, UVA & UVB, which will then have your skin suffer the consequences.
The PA Rating Matters
Ever wonder what does the PA rating on the sunscreen bottle mean? With SPF measuring the time it takes for your skin to be burnt when exposed to direct or visible UVB rays. The PA rating tells you the level of protection the product offers from the invisible, hyperpigmentation-inducing UVA rays. Thus, it is only wise to pick a sunscreen of a broad spectrum, with high SPF and PA ratings for the best sun protection that you can get. Again, touch up is necessary from time to time, so don’t skip it!