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Do’s and Don’ts of Using Sunscreen

Do’s and Don’ts of Using Sunscreen

Many skincare products in the market promise to treat various skin problems, and others improve skin conditions. Every person has their own skin needs, but one product that every skin type needs is sunscreen. Everyone needs sun protection all year round, even during winter. UV rays are there even when you don’t see them, which can harm your skin without proper protection. Choosing the right sunscreen and using it appropriately can help prevent skin problems such as:

  • Skin cancer
  • Sunburn
  • Sunspots
  • Early signs of ageing

Although no product can protect you 100% from the sun, knowing the do’s and don’ts when using sunscreen is essential to maximise its use and get all the benefits.

Do choose an SPF that is 30 or higher

The SPF or sun protection factor determines how long the product can protect you from sun damage. It’s a misconception that a higher SPF means that it can protect you better. Instead, it can protect you longer, which is why you may need a higher one if you know you will be out for an extended period. The experts recommend sunscreen with at least SPF30.

Do check the label

Not all sunscreen products are the same. Make it a habit to check the labels of all skincare before using them, including sun protection. Some ingredients might not be suitable for your skin, especially if yours is sensitive. Moreover, some products contain beneficial ingredients, so you should go for them. For example, if you have acne-prone skin, a non-comedogenic and oil-free sunscreen is an excellent choice as it prevents the clogging of pores. There are also acne treatments that you can try. If you can’t find the time to drive to the clinic or are uncomfortable getting a consultation in person, you may visit for an online consultation. Their doctors can prescribe treatments for your acne and then conveniently and discretely send them to you.

Do a patch test before applying it all over the skin

Even if the product says it’s gentle and contains no harsh ingredients, it’s still best to be safe. Apply a small amount of sunscreen somewhere that is not too visible. The back of your ear and wrist are ideal for patch testing. If you see any unwanted reactions like rashes, discontinue its use, and go to the dermatologist immediately for treatment.

Do reapply every couple of hours

The SPF determines how long the sunscreen can protect you, but its effectiveness often wears off quicker than expected. So, reapply every couple of hours to ensure protection, especially if you are out for a long time.

Do apply sunscreen every day

Apply sunscreen even if you don’t go out or the weather is cloudy or rainy. Do it regularly because the UV rays penetrate the clouds, windows, and doors, which could still affect your skin.

Don’t apply it only to your face

Sunscreen is there to protect your skin and not only your face. So, don’t miss other body parts, including the back of the ears, arms, chest, and legs, even if your clothes cover them. Also, as mentioned, UV rays may still penetrate, so it’s best to have extra protection.

Don’t use it on your baby without a paediatrician consultation

Just because it works for you means it’s safe for your baby. Babies have sensitive skin, so don’t apply anything, even your tried and tested sunscreen, without consulting the paediatrician.

Don’t use a hat in place of sunscreen

A hat is an added protection from the sun, but it shouldn’t replace your sunscreen. Therefore, ensure that you apply sunscreen even when you wear a hat.

Don’t keep your sunscreen somewhere warm

Storing the sunscreen in a warm place could cause the ingredients to break down, thus losing efficacy.

Keep these do’s and don’ts in mind when using sunscreen to maximise its benefits. Remember to apply the product every day, for the whole year round.


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