What is the best SPF for your face?
Before I share my SPF face favs, let’s talk about something crazy…like did you know the amount of sunscreen you are using probably isn’t enough to protect you? Sometimes it’s not even the brand that’s important, but rather HOW you use it and how much you use that will make the difference!
Studies have shown that consumers use much less sunscreen than is needed to effectively protect their skin, so use more than you think you need! And if you’re getting your sunscreen from your foundation only, you’ll need 2 tablespoons just for your face and that’s a TON! You’ll have to reapply in 80 minutes, and gurl, you’re gonna go through a lot of foundation!
You MUST reapply. A LOT. Like every 80 minutes.
Broad Spectrum is the way to go! It protects you from burning and aging rays. It doesn’t have to be greasy – it comes in foams, sprays, to lite milks, powders and sunscreens that leave no white cast! So much has improved!!
It’s not just for girls, it’s for everybody!
How do I understand the SPF numbers? Are they all the same?
The SPF value indicates the level of sunburn protection provided by the sunscreen product. Higher SPF values (up to 50) provides additional protection by only 1-2%. To get the most out of your sunscreen, choose one with an SPF of at least 15. If your skin is fair, you may want a higher SPF of 30 or 50. Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before you go outside. Reapply at least every two hours. You’ll need to reapply more often if you are sweating or getting in and out of the water.
What if I’m allergic to sunscreen?
Try a powder SPF which may contain less chemical sunscreen and more mineral-based ingredients. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are the two mineral sunscreen ingredients you will find in stores in the U.S. If mineral sunscreens work best for your skin, look for a sunscreen with either zinc oxide, titanium dioxide, or both listed as the active ingredients. Be sure to select a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15 that is also labeled “broad spectrum.”
Where should I put sunscreen?
EVERYWHERE!! Everywhere that light touches is a good rule of thumb. But many of us forget these little hidden spots which become vulnerable hot spots for burns and skin damage. These areas include:
- Back of your neck
- Tops of your feet
- Along your hairline
- Areas of your head exposed by balding or thinning hair (your scalp)
These are my tried and true, ULTIMATE faves that I’ve personally tried and I’m obsessed with!
My SPF favorites when wearing make up:
Our BEST Sunscreen Tips!
#1 Throw away old sunscreen!!
I throw my sunscreen away from last year and buy new every summer. I’ve noticed an increase in burns when I have used last years, but generally sunscreen should last for up to three years. If you use it as recommended, you should run out long before then… So if the sunscreen has no expiration date, this means it is okay to use for up to three years after being manufactured. If it doesn’t say, start counting the year you bought it. Me personally, I don’t risk it.
#2 ALWAYS reapply every 30 minutes!!
#3 ALWAYS use enough!
#4 If spraying sunscreen, rub in to make sure you’re getting all areas covered.
#5 Don’t rely on sunscreen alone. Cover up with long sleeves, hats, umbrellas to add extra protection.
#6 Apply 15 minutes before you go outside
#7 Apply at least 1 oz of sunscreen – about shot glass. Just do it!
#8 Use the expensive stuff for your face. Use store brand for body.
#9 Don’t forget your lips!
#10 Wear sunscreen indoors and outdoors – protect your skin from blue light!
#11 The magical number is 30 SPF!!
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