This is the right way to wear your sunscreen
It isn't just about SPF
When it comes to sun protection, just slathering on something with minimal SPF to appease your conscience just won’t do. Yes, the summer has passed us, but sun damage will find you anywhere, even if it’s monsoon and you’re indoors all day — and you won’t like the wrinkles and skin chaos it will bring along when it catches up with you.
So how do you stay one step ahead? Take the extra ten minutes out in the morning and follow our exact process to keep your skin protected at all times. For easy reference in the future, repeat after us: Cleansing, toning, moisturizing and sunscreen. As simple as 1, 2, 3, 4.
Still in doubt? Here’s our handy step-by-step guide to making your sunscreen work as hard as you do.
How to build the perfect sun protection regimen
Blend it like Beckham
Now that your skin is prepped, apply sunscreen in small dots on your face, neck, hands and any other skin directly exposed. Rather than rubbing it in harshly, blend it downwards in brisk strokes.
Tone, tone, tone
A-listers around the world don’t ever exclude toning from their morning beauty ritual; you definitely don’t have a hall pass either. Again, remember to go natural with the ingredients; a simple rose water spray ought to help keep your skin hydrated and restore its PH levels.
What to look for on the label
News flash: Slathering on a blanket of sunscreen isn’t doing your skin much good if it’s packed with chemicals and nano particles. When it comes to skincare, follow the popular adage: If you wouldn’t put it in your mouth, don’t put it on your skin.
So what should you be scanning the fine print for? Natural ingredients like nutmeg (to soothe irritated skin), ginger (to serve as an antioxidant for pigmentation), lime (to counter sun tanning) and shea butter (for all-day hydration).
Moisturize like no one’s watching
No, moisturizing doesn’t equal greasiness. The polluted environment is constantly stripping your skin of essential oils, leaving it parched. Find yourself a moisturizer that works (look out for aloe vera, coconut milk and olive oil on the label) and put a ring on it – for keeps.
Flush out the impurities beforehand
If your face isn’t thoroughly cleansed before applying sunscreen, you’re merely locking the bacteria in place and driving it deeper into the skin. A gentle foaming cleanser should help extract the pollutants and wash away any make-up remnants from the night before.