With so many conversations around the word “sunscreen” I’m sure you’re aware of the importance of it no matter what kind of weather it is – rain, shine or an overcast. But how do you know you are using the right amount of sunscreen to sufficiently protect your skin from these damaging rays?
BENEFITS OF WEARING SUNSCREEN
Wearing sunscreen has multiple benefits, so here are a few ways you can benefit by wearing a good SPF which can improve the condition of your skin.
- Evens skin tone
- Protects against sunburn
- Helps with hyperpigmentation
- Slows and prevents premature aging (wrinkles, dark spots)
- Prevents skin inflammation
- Lowers risk of skin cancer
So making sunscreen a part of your skincare routine is essential. It should be applied right after the moisturizer (as the last step). Also if you’re wearing makeup, sunscreen comes before your foundation.
HOW TO EFFECTIVELY APPLY SPF WITH THE TWO-FINGER METHOD
The two-finger method is an easy way for you to measure how much sunscreen to apply to your face. To try this technique, simply squeeze the product in two separate lines on your pointer and middle finger. Apply sunscreen on the exposed parts of your body like your face, arms, neck and your hands since all these parts are in direct contact with the sun.”
Unlike some skincare steps, sunscreen usually needs multiple applications a day, especially if you’re spending a lot of time outside. “The potency of the sunscreen breaks down on the skin as it interacts with body oils and fluids,” Asher explains. “Therefore, reapplication is required every two hours.”
We’ve all been guilty of not using an adequate amount, forgetting to reapply, or skipping days altogether. However, reminders of the benefits of preventive skincare are enough to encourage almost anyone to not to forget the importance of wearing sunscreen. Rain or shine, we should maintain implementing SPF in our lifestyle and regimen.
The two-finger rule and reapplication every two hours will do wonders for your skin.