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How to Apply Sunscreen & How Often to Reapply

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When used regularly, sunscreen can help lower the risk of skin cancer, as well as sunburn and premature aging. Ideally, you should apply sunscreen whenever you’re planning to go outside. Even when the weather’s cloudy, we’re still exposed to up to 80% of the sun’s UV radiation. Your skin can still be damaged when it’s overcast. Below, we’ve outlined the steps on how to apply sunscreen correctly to maximize protection for your skin. 

When to Apply Sunscreen 

  • You’ll want to apply sunscreen about 30 minutes before venturing into the sunlight. This gives your skin plenty of time to absorb the sunscreen, so it’s less likely to be washed away by perspiration.
  • Reapply sunscreen after swimming or activities that cause excessive perspiration. 
  • How often to apply sunscreen? If you plan to be outside all day, reapply sunscreen every two hours. In addition, wear a hat and/or clothing that covers your skin as much as possible for extra protection. 

How to Apply Sunscreen 

  • For starters, you’ll need to choose the right sunscreen for you. Select a sunscreen with SPF 30 coverage or higher, depending on how much time you spend outdoors.
  • Shake before using to give the particles a good mix. You can also use spray-on or stick-type sunscreen for quick and easy application. 
  • You’ll need about one ounce of sunscreen to cover your face, neck, arms, and legs. Use about a half teaspoon if you want to protect just your face and neck. Don’t forget your ears! 
  • Apply generously, but use caution when applying sunscreen around your eyes. 

How Long After Moisturizer to Apply Sunscreen?

In this case, the order in which you apply your skin care products doesn’t matter too much; what matters is that your sunscreen is at least SPF 30, is water-resistant, and is broad-spectrum. If you wear makeup, it would likely be easier and less of a hassle to apply sunscreen as a base, and then apply your moisturizer and makeup. 

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