Wear sunscreen—that’s the number one anti-aging secret and the best thing you can do to slow down the aging effects of the sun. And now that summer is right around the corner, sunscreen is particularly important, not just on beach days, but every day that you plan to venture outside and spend any amount of time under the sun’s harmful rays.
Most people understand how important sunscreen is for skin protection, but still—questions remain about specifics. Here are a few common questions along with answers to help you get the most protection from your favorite sunscreen products.
How much sunscreen should I put on?
Anytime you plan to be outdoors, choose an SPF of at least 30 (45 for extra protection) and apply liberally. The rule of thumb is one ounce (the size of a shot glass) on your body and a teaspoon for your face.
Are there any sunscreens good for oily skin?
Yes. Look for an oil-free mineral block in an ultra-light gel or liquid. Mineral sunscreens not only mask redness, but they also reflect UV light, keeping your skin cooler.
If I use a spray-on, how do I know if I have applied enough?
Spray sunscreens aren’t as powerful as lotions. But if you choose that type, be sure to buy one that’s labeled “continuous spray” and apply two coats every hour.
Is sunscreen really necessary for lips?
Yes! In the past, lip products often came with little or no SPF. Companies have changed that, which is good news. Skin cancers that start on the lower lip tend to be especially aggressive, so always wear a protective lip balm.
Will my SPF foundation be enough for workdays?
You’d have to apply a lot in order for it to be effective. You’re better off layering. Wash your face, apply a few drops of antioxidant serum to boost your protection, then a tinted moisturizer or foundation with SPF 15 or more. Top it with an ultra fine SPF mineral powder.
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