Now that you have chosen the right sunscreen for your skin. Here are some pointers to get the most out of your sunscreen:
(Still figuring out which sunscreen works best for you? Read here)
Using the right amount of Sunscreen
Using a sufficient amount of sunscreen is important to get the most protection from your sunscreen.
What we recommend: Squeeze about a 2-cm diameter circle worth of sunscreen on the back of your hand and split it into 2 or 3 portions to apply the sunscreen on in multiple layers on your face. This is to ensure that no spots on your face are left unprotected.
Tip: The size of the circle should be the same as the circle formed using your thumb and index finger.
Your Sunscreen only last 3 Hours
In general, mineral sunscreens with SPF 30 last on your skin for a maximum of 2 hours and SPF 50 last a maximum of 3 hours with or without exposure to the sun.
Example: If you applied your mineral sunscreen at 8 am and want to head out at 1 pm, you will have to reapply your sunscreen as it is no longer effective.
Tip: Depending on the number of layers you apply,
2 layers of SPF 50 = Max 2 hours of wear
3 layers of SPF 50 = Max 3 hours of wear
However, there is an exception: If you're sweating or swimming - you should reapply sunscreen at least every 80 minutes
Reapplying Sunscreen over makeup
After knowing how long your sunscreen last on your skin, here are some tips on how to reapply sunscreen over makeup:
- Remove sweat from your face by tapping a tissue/towel lightly on your skin (press the tissue/towel gently without dragging)
- Then, dot the sunscreen on your face to reapply.
Importance of Sunscreen Packaging
Depending on your sunscreen packaging, the longevity of your sunscreen may defer.
What we recommend: You should use up your sunscreens as soon as possible when you open them, this applies to both chemical and mineral sunscreens. However, chemical sunscreens oxidize relatively quicker compared to mineral sunscreens when exposed to air.
When sunscreen oxidizes, it loses its effectiveness. Hence, choosing a sunscreen in airtight packaging will allow you to get the most out of your bottle.
Using Mineral Sunscreen to Soothe Skin
Mineral sunscreens contain zinc which not only protects your skin from the sun but also soothes the skin as well. Zinc is safe for sensitive skin and you may apply it multiple times during the day without causing any irritation.
Tip: Apply sunscreen even when you are not out in the sun to soothe your skin.
Before/After Skincare tip for Sun Exposure
Our skin is subjected to oxidative stress daily, mainly from sun exposure and pollution. Oxidative stress on the skin may cause dryness, aging, inflammation, wrinkles, pigmentation and possibly cancer.
What we recommend: Opt for naturally-derived antioxidant ingredients before/after sun exposure to reduce the impact of oxidative stress on your skin.
With these tips, let’s begin protecting our skin the best that we can. If you are looking for a mineral based sunscreen, we recommend our Face the Wild, SPF 50++ Sunscreen.