Sunscreen…How to Apply it Correctly!

I get this question quite often. How do I apply my daily sunscreen? Is it applied before my facial moisturizer or after? Why should I bother with this step? Today I will uncover the sunscreen application mystery.

Sunscreen can prevent actinic wrinkles and skin cancer, therefore (if just for the sake of vanity) you should add sunscreen to your daily skin care routine. However sunscreen, especially those containing physical UV filters (titanium dioxide and zinc oxide) can look kind of chalky or spooky. These days many products contain a built in SPF, however this does not mean you should skip your sunscreen as they alone do not provide enough coverage. To get the proper protection as per the label it would take about 7 times the normal amount of foundation and 14 times the normal amount of powder. That would look horrendous!

Sunscreen Application in 7 Steps…

Step 1: Apply daily moisturizer with at least SPF 15. (SPF protects against UVB or the burning caused by the sun). You may use an eye cream with sun protection as some some sunscreens can cause irritation around the eyes. (I figured this out the hard way…)

Step 2: Generously apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen of at least SPF 15 (broad spectrum protects against both UVA and UVB rays). Cover your ears as well. Wait a  few minutes before proceeding. (NB: you can still burn on a cloudy day)

Step 3: Use a brush or sponge to apply your foundation or tinted moisturizer with SPF 15+. This provides an additional layer of sun protection.

Step 4: Contour and highlight…blend well. (this step is optional)

Step 5: Sponge on translucent powder containing SPF. This keeps foundation in place and powder particles also provide a low level of protection.

Step 6: Apply lip balm containing sunscreen to protect the delicate skin on the lips.

Step 7: Yay!!! Finally time for colour makeup 🙂

Your sunscreen should be reapplied at least once during the day regardless of your activities. You are not even safe indoors as UVA rays penetrate glass. In a perfect world the sunscreen will be your last step…but we are not perfect and require colour cosmetics. Obviously it is a pain to remove your makeup and go through these sunscreen application steps again….so I just use a hat when I’m out in the sun and feel exposed. However you can apply a sunscreen spray over your makeup and lock it in with powder. This requires some dexterity so that you don’t end up looking like a hot mess.

Now that I have demystified sunscreen application, cover up and be sun safe!!!

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