HOW TO CHOOSE A SUNSCREEN & APPLY ON FACE CORRECTLY?
How to choose a sunscreen and apply on face correctly?
Skin is somehow fragile yet strong, so it does demand a good balance of care from within. But it's not once-in-a-day-skincare or 10-step-skincare-routine. One can pick the best cleansing, moisturising and anti-aging skincare products, but applying sunscreen is probably the best way to protect skin from numerous aging factors. It is about choosing the right sunscreen from the mayhem of variations available at your disposal.
Usually, the ideology of using sunscreen once a day suffices many minds. This notion has very well taken hold of many. Sunscreen is a film which blocks or absorbs the UVA or UVB rays. The sun emits rays throughout, even during the winter or on cloudy days. The UV radiation damages the skin from within and so the process of skin aging begins. There are 2 main kinds of sunscreen – chemical sunscreen and physical sunscreen. After applying either of these two types, they both have their own mechanisms and filters to protect the skin from further damage.
Now, this is just one part of the puzzle. Later, which type of sunscreen for a particular skin type and many such questions come to mind. So, let’s guide you through the way by starting with the basics.
But, first, what is sunscreen?
Sunscreen is a proactive shield in a form of cream, lotion, or spray that protects skin before it ages, burns, or causes irritable skin woes. The skin has a natural tendency to protect itself from UV radiation, but sunscreen multiplies that timespan while you are outdoors. Generally, an ordinary sunscreen works for odd 2 hours.
How to choose sunscreen correctly?
By applying sunscreen, regularly, you may fight underlying causes and prevent signs of early aging. Learn how to choose the right sunscreen for your skin type in a nutshell.
Read up on SPF (Sun Protection Factor)
Every sunscreen comes with a certain SPF factor. SPF basically measures how much time a skin type takes to burn in the sun. For instance, if your skin burns or feels tingly after 10 minutes of exposure to the sun, then SPF 30, then will work for 10 x 30 = 300 minutes alone on the outer layer of the skin (epidermis). On the other hand, UVA rays are responsible for darkening and hyperpigmentation of the skin (dermis).
Consider your skin type
By considering, we mean to understand how to buy sunscreen for dry skin, oily skin or sensitive skin. All skin types require a formula which feels comfortable on the skin as one has to reapply the layer after every 2 hours irrespective of the SPF. On how to choose the right sunscreen, start with your skin type which proceeds to undo the sun damage.
Sensitive skin – Physical sunscreen with natural ingredients
Oily skin – Non-comedogenic sunscreen with a lightweight texture
Dry skin – Mineral sunscreen with a moisturising formula
Check the broad-spectrum
Broad-spectrum means the sunscreen protects your skin from potential UVA and UVB rays. Both the rays are individually responsible for skin damage, skin cancer, hyperpigmentation, dark spots, etc. So, make sure to check “broad-spectrum” printed on the label before you buy sunscreen for the face.
Look for active ingredients
Physical sunscreens have natural ingredients – zinc oxide, titanium dioxide – these compounds are known as active ingredients. Zinc oxide is best suited for sensitive skin and titanium dioxide serves as broad spectrum filter for UV rays.
Consider your level of sun exposure
One can possibly not feel or see UV rays. But every skin type has a threshold to bear exposure to the sun before it starts to show some physical signs of irritation. So, apply and reapply sunscreen to your face and body after sufficient 30 minutes. Also, there are easy-to-miss spots like behind the ears, neck or, legs which are exposed all the time. Make sure to cover them up with dark clothes or sunscreen.
When to apply sunscreen
Sunscreens work especially well when applied 20-30 minutes before exposure to the sun. This gives the ingredients ample amount of time to absorb and later reflect the rays when one steps out or starts to sweat.
How to apply sunscreen to the face
Sunscreens are found in makeup, skincare products and the usual tubes or bottles. It goes without saying that sunscreen is the last step in a healthy skincare routine, but the steps before do count as well.
- Splash some water and rinse the face with a cleanser of your skin type.
- Pat dry the face with a soft towel. Apply a hydrating toner or concern-specific toner with cotton pads.
- Do not forget to apply some toner around the neck area.
- Scoop coin-size moisturiser on your palm and gently apply to the face. Move the product in an upward direction.
- Then, take mineral matte tinted sunscreen on the first two fingers and spread evenly across the face, neck and ears.
- Wear sunscreen again after 30 minutes to seek consistent protection.
The Pink Foundry’s Mineral Matte Moisturising Sunscreen comes with SPF 30 and Broad Spectrum PA+++ protection, and is great for daily usage. Additionally, this product has been designed keeping in mind the Indian weather and skin requirements, with a natural tint that works with all skin types, leaving no white cast. The Mousse like texture just melts and blends into the skin naturally.
Along with sun Protection and hydration, The Pink Foundry’s Tria-Derm™ Technology along with clinically proven ingredients works to stimulate, boost and regain your skin’s strength
The mineral sunscreen comes with the goodness of:
- Cucumber and shea butter
- Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide
What does it do?
- Protects from UVA and UVB rays
- Has broad-spectrum PA+++
- Performs as a moisturiser and sunscreen
- Water resistant up to 80 minutes
- Leaves matte finish without white cast
- Suitable for Indian skin and weather
Along with this, it is:
- Paraben & PABA Free
- Dermat Tested
- Vegan & Cruelty-Free
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