Sun Protection for Beginners

Summer is already here, and it’s time to think about sun protection. Let’s go over the basics, as there are still some stumbling blocks.

How to Apply SPF Correctly?

Apply a generous, thick layer following the “two-finger rule.” Don’t forget your neck, décolletage, and ears if they are exposed. If the texture of the sunscreen (e.g., stick or fluid) doesn’t allow you to measure two fingers’ worth, rely on your intuition and apply a thick layer without skimping. In such cases, it’s recommended to reapply more frequently.

How to Reapply?

It depends on the UV filters in the product, which I’ve written about here. In short, physical filters need to be reapplied more often (every two hours at most) as they easily rub off, while chemical filters, especially photostable ones, need less frequent reapplication. It’s hard to give exact numbers, but the higher the UV index, the more frequently you need to reapply SPF. For example, in the city with an average index, a photostable chemical sunscreen can last up to 6 hours without reapplication, but on the beach, even this should not be left without reapplying for more than two hours.Ideally, reapply by double-cleansing (oil cleanser + foam) and then reapplying sunscreen. However, since we live on planet Earth and this is often not feasible, you can wash with water, pat your face dry, and apply a new layer. If your makeup allows, you can also simply apply more sunscreen on top. Sticks are very convenient for this. This is why I always recommend using sunscreens with photostable chemical filters, so you don’t have to stress about reapplying and can just enjoy your life.

How to Remove SPF?

Use a double-cleansing method: oil cleanser + regular cleanser. Micellar water doesn’t remove sunscreen as effectively, and using just a regular cleanser won’t do the job properly.

By following these steps, you’ll ensure that your skin is well-protected from the sun while minimizing any potential hassle. Happy spring!


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