It’s common knowledge that sunscreen is essential, but knowing how to wear it and other aspects of Sun Protection can be challenging. Sunscreen is necessary to protect all skin layers. It can cause sunspots and freckles, as well as premature wrinkles.
Face sunblock can be the most essential part of your skincare routine. Without them, serums and moisturizers are less effective in reducing wrinkles. Some ingredients, such as Retinol, can make the skin more sensitive to UV rays. This is why sunscreen should be your last step in skincare. There are some simple tips for sun safety that you can follow all year round.
We have compiled tips for sun protection that you and your family can follow. This guide is suitable for all seasons and includes skincare tips.
Protect your skin all year round
Many of us reduce or stop applying sunscreen in the winter. The shorter daylight hours and less time spent outside contribute to the belief that sunscreen is not as important during cooler months. Protecting your skin from sun damage is essential in all seasons. UVA rays and their potentially damaging effects are around all year round. UVA and UVB cause skin aging and sunburn. It is, therefore, essential to apply sunscreen daily.
Effects of not wearing sunscreen
Understanding how to protect your skin from UV damage will help you avoid visible and invisible effects. Signs of sun damage, such as hyperpigmentation, age spots, wrinkles, and fine lines, can be seen if you don’t wear sunscreen. Even if there are no visible changes in the skin, skin cell damage may still exist, increasing the risk of certain types of cancer.
Sun Safety Tips for Everyday
Sun protection is not just about applying sunscreen every day. To protect yourself effectively from UV rays, you should follow additional sun safety guidelines, such as being aware of increased exposure and reapplication. Adopting these steps every day will help you maintain radiant, healthy skin.
Use sun protection daily UV radiation can reach your skin, whether sunny or overcast. Apply sunscreen to all body parts, regardless of weather conditions. Align your sunscreen to your skin type for comfort, and use sunscreen every day and regularly.
How to apply sunscreen correctly
After cleansing your face:
Apply sunscreen 20 minutes before sun exposure; after all, other products have been absorbed, and the skin has dried.
Remember to cover areas like the ears, hands, and neck.
Choose a sunscreen with a broad spectrum.
Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF50+ to protect against UVA and UVB radiation. SPF is short for “sun protection factor” – the higher number, the better the protection—a rating of “50” filters 98% UVB rays. La Roche-Posay’s Anthelios formulas provide broad-spectrum SPF50+ protection. The body formulas, such as Anthelios Ultra-Light Spray Sunscreen SPF50+, provide lightweight protection with an easy-to-use spray.
Apply 20 minutes before sun exposure. Wear protective clothing, and find shade. Avoid prolonged exposure to the sun. Reapply sunscreen every 2 hours after swimming and toweling off.
All exposed areas should be treated with sunscreen
How much sunscreen you use and how you apply it to your skin will determine its effectiveness. Use a teaspoon for each limb and front and back. A half teaspoon of sunscreen should be applied on the face, neck, and behind the ears. Apply sunscreen to all exposed areas, including the backs of channels, the tops of hands, the knees, and the backs of feet. This method can be used all year round, even in the winter. Tinted facial sunscreens, such as Antihelios Ultra SPF50+, provide additional coverage for the skin.
Apply sun protection all day long
Reapply sunscreen to all exposed skin areas every two hours, regardless of the SPF level. Reapply sunscreen after swimming, toweling off, or sweating. Use a water-resistant formulation. Anthelios Wet Skin SPF 50+ offers 4 hours of water resistance.
Avoid excessive sun exposure times
The strongest ultraviolet rays occur between 11 am and 3 pm. Avoid sun exposure between 11 am and 3 pm. Use sunscreen even if you are near a window. UVA rays will penetrate the glass.
Keep children shaded
Skin cancer is more likely to develop if children are exposed to UV radiation during their first 15 years. Keep children in the shade, and wear sun-protective clothing and hats.
Use additional sun protection
Sun protection also includes wearing hats and opaque clothes. Wear a wide-brimmed hat with UV-protective sunglasses.
Consider your surroundings
UV radiation is more intense in areas with high reflectivity. When at the beach or snow, be extra cautious. SPF 50+ sun protection is recommended in Australia daily, significantly when the UV index exceeds 3.