Let's be honest; we've all ditched sunscreen completely during the quarantine. But while staying indoors helps us stay protected from COVID-19, we can't say the same about sun exposure.
Sunscreen can’t be taken lightly for many reasons but mostly because you can't mess around with skin cancer risks. This is why it's important to know when, how, and where to apply sunscreen.
Here are some tips from the experts to stay protected!
Indoors or Outdoors: Sunscreen Is A Must
Sunscreen has to be applied every day, all the time except when you sleep. It's not just something you need for the beach. This is because even minimal exposure like picking up the mail or walking from your car to the store will expose you to the sun, and all of it will add up to significant sun damage at the end of the day.
Secondly, even when we’re indoors, UVA rays penetrate through glass all day long. And these are the ones that’ll make you look old and wrinkly!
The Higher The SPF, The Better It Protects
Although the American Academy of Dermatology recommends using sunscreen with an SPF of 30, while it's sufficient, it will only last a while. Sunscreen needs to be reapplied throughout the day, but most people forget to reapply.
So, we recommend using a higher SPF, to begin with, so that even as it dilutes throughout the day, you get the required sun protection.
Application: When And How
Sunscreen has to be applied at least 30 minutes before you step out. And not doing so will essentially make it useless. This is because sunscreen needs these 30 minutes to absorb into the skin; otherwise, it just gets washed away with sweat.
It's also important to apply sunscreen properly. Not using enough can result in poor sun protection. Take an adequate amount and spread it on your face with two fingers to blend properly while keeping wastage to a minimal degree. Pat afterward to help it absorb.
Don’t forget to reapply every two hours if you’re outdoors!
Your Eyes and Lips Need Protection Too
A lot of people don't apply sunscreen to their eyes and lips. We understand why though, you're probably worried about getting sunscreen in your eyes or eating it, which are fairly valid concerns.
But most sunscreens are safe to use on your eyelids; in fact, they're recommended. Additionally, lips are not a cancer-free area; invest in a lip balm with an SPF to protect them from sun exposure.