Sunscreen basics how much to apply, when to apply, and when to reapply
Hello again, everyone. Today, we’re going to talk a little bit about sunscreen. I’m going to do a few small tutorials talking about individual questions pertaining to sunscreen instead of one big tutorial so that it’s easy for people searching on the internet to find the answers that they’re looking for. In this tutorial, we’re just going to talk about basics how much sunscreen you should apply, when you should apply it and when you should reapply it. To help me demonstrate today, I’m going to be using the Paula’s Choice Sun Care Extra.
Care NonGreasy Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50 for face and body. I don’t necessarily recommend this one for the face. I did use it on my face when I was in Aruba recently and it did burn pretty badly. So, I do not recommend this particular type of sunscreen on the face. When it comes to mineral vs. chemical sunscreens, I’m more of a traditionalist, I do prefer mineral sunscreens. And it’s kind of a misnomer because when we talk about mineral, we’re talking about zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which are actually chemicals, but.
They’re, you know, it’s just like it’s just like Mac and PC, you know. Macs technically are PCs, but when we talk about PCs we’re referring to machines that run on Windows. It’s just one of those things. So this is a chemical sunscreen and, like I said, it’s not the best tolerated on the face, especially around the eyes. And you do want to be applying sunscreen around your eyes to protect that area, but sunscreens like this can really, really burn if you get them in your eyes and they can be irritating to more sensitive skins.
But, for the body, this did a very, very good job of protecting me in Aruba. I am, like I said, a traditionalist, I do prefer zinc oxide and titanium dioxide sunscreen for many reasons, including environmental reasons. But, because I was going to an equatorial region and I’m extremely fair and I do have some health issues, I really needed something that was going to be like totally consistent and reliable sun care. So, I did try this and it did a really wonderful job. I’m going to show you very quickly a guideline about.
How much you should be applying to your face and to areas of the body. One of the biggest problems that people have when using sunscreen is not using enough. And this is, it’s something that is really hard to convey without showing you which is why I’m going to apply sunscreen to myself despite the fact that it’s nighttime. The guideline that is often given is like a shot glass amount for your entire body, but all people are not the same size, so I don’t think that’s really reliable. When it comes to the face and neck, you’re going to.
Want to use something like, maybe like a quarter to half dollar size for your entire face and neck. And when you put it in your hand, that’s going to look like a lot of sunscreen. But in order to get the actual SPF rating of your sunscreen, you need to use a lot more than you think you do. So I’m not going to apply any to my face because you know, you know, but I’m going to show you what I generally do for my arms and legs and the rest of my.
Body. So, instead of trying to measure out a specific amount for my arm, what I will do is I will actually, make sure that I’m lined up here, I will actually take the sunscreen and apply it in a line like this. So, I get a lot of sunscreen on there and I just go to town with it. And really, really work it into all the areas of the skin. And, I don’t know if you can see, but this looks like a really super thick layer of sunscreen. And.
Especially when you’re applying it to the face, this can feel like way too much not necessarily this amount but when you’re using like a quartersize amount on the face, that can feel like way too much. But what you can do is leave it sitting on the skin for a little while so it has a chance to soak in, so it’s not quite as creamy and liquidy. Once it has a chance to sit on the skin for a little while, you can massage it in much.
More easily and you’re very, very well protected. So that amount that I used which was a general swipe like I’m applying ketchup to my arm, it’s kind of how I think of it, you know, I apply enough in a very thick line to make sure that I’m going to be able to cover every little bit with a good thick layer of sunscreen. Sunscreens are not meant to be applied very thinly, they don’t work that way. You need to really make sure that your skin is completely covered and saturated with sunscreen in order to get its SPF rating. If you wanted just.
A little bit of protection, you could take a SPF 50 and apply less of it, but why bother with that when you can buy an SPF 15, really So, if I were applying this to mymy decolete area, I would again, I would use something like a quartersize amount just for this little area. For my face, a quartersize amount. For the face, neck and chest, probably like a halfdollar size amount. So I know those coincomparisons are probably only useful to Americans, so let me try to show you what the actual sizes would look like. So this.
Is probably about a dimesize amount right here. This would be enough for your forehead, maybe your cheeks and your nose. So, here would be something like a quartersize amount. And this would be enough to cover your face and maybe some of your neck, depending on your proportions. And then this would be about half dollarsize amount. And this would be your face, neck and your upper chest. So that demonstration I gave on my arm works for my size, but if you have significantly larger arms or smaller arms, depending on your built,.
You may need to use a little bit more or a little bit less. So, for example, if you were a professional bodybuilder, and your arms are six times the size of mine, one stripe of sunscreen probably wouldn’t be enough. So you have to use your judgement and make sure that your skin just looks completely overlysaturated with sunscreen. Same thing goes for the legs what works for your legs may not work for mine. So, make sure that you’re not just, you know, following the oneswipe rule across the board. Use enough that your.
Skin looks completely covered and oversaturated with sunscreen and then work it in. When I was in Aruba, I was watching different people apply sunscreen, and it’s very interesting, like, the different way that men and women apply sunscreen. I found that women most frequently would apply the sunscreen directly to the skin and then work it in, whereas men kind of like very gingerly put a tiny amount on their their hand and then just like try to apply that to their entire body. It was kind of hilarious. And I did go with a friend.
Of mine who was male and he did end up getting sunburnt and, you know, as I was watching him put his sunscreen on, I don’t like to, you know, like jump in and tell people how to do stuff, even though I do know better than they do know about it a lot of the time, I noticed that he was applying this sunscreen in this very typically male way. So, if there are any men watching, I would encourage you to apply your sunscreen more like women. Apply it to your skin, very generously, and then work it in. If we’re just talking about facial.
Sunscreen, I get a lot of questions about when you should apply it in your skin care routine. And it’s a very easy answer sunscreen always comes lastit’s always the last thing that you put on. So, you would do your cleanser, your toner, your serums, your moisturizers any of those sorts of products go first and then sunscreen is the very last thing. You can put foundation on top of sunscreen, but anything you add on top will diminish the efficacy of it and lower its SPF rating. So, if you are going to put makeup on over.
Your sunscreen, just make sure that you are applying quite a lot of it enough to make sure that you’re getting at least part of the SPF rating that you purchased. Another common question that I get is when to reapply sunscreen. And this confuses people a lot, because anything that has an SPF rating is going to have the instructions to reapply at least every two hours and that’s because sunscreen is regulated as an overthecounter drug. It has an active ingredient so it has these sorts of mandatory instructions. Now,.
This doesn’t really apply with makeup products, because makeup products a. should not be used as your primary sunscreen, but also, if you’re talking about, you know, your average day of going to work or school, you’re not going to stop and reapply in the middle of the day. That’s not really the point. The point is that it’s it’s regulated as an overthecounter drug and if they want to put an SPF rating on their product, they have to put those instructions. So if you’re just going to work or if you’re just going to school,.
What you should do is apply a sunscreen with a high enough SPF rating to protect you for the cumulative amount of time that you are going to be outdoors. SPF ratings are based on the amount of direct sunlight you’re getting for a consistent period of time. So if you’re going to be indoors all day that doesn’t necessarily apply to you the same way that it applies to people who are outside playing beach volleyball all day and swimming in the ocean. So just make sure that you are using an SPF 30 or higher and make sure that you are applying.
It to your entire face, including your undereye area, which means finding a sunscreen that is appropriate for the undereye area, which will be titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sunscreen. And make sure that you are applying it to your neck and your chest and your ears as well. So those are the sunscreen basics the basic things that you need to know about using sunscreen to get the most protection from it that you can. If you’ve enjoyed this tutorial, if you’ve found it helpful, I’d really appreciate it if you would share it on facebook, on twitter,.
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