It is recommended that sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 with high UVA protection be worn daily to aid in protection from skin damage and ageing. It’s even more crucial if you’re using AHAs, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide, or you’re on particular oral medications that you adequately protect your skin. Be sure to test only one new product at a time.
The recommended amount for application is 2mg/cm2. This is about 1/4 teaspoon (~1.2 mL) for the face alone. Reapplication should be every 1.5-2 hours (maybe even more depending on how nasty the UV index will be that day), and after every time you take a dunk in water. Keeping your skin hydrated is more then drinking; skin moisturiser is a great way you keep it elastic, which lessens signs of wear.
If you have dark skin, avoid sunscreens with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide as they’ll lend a white cast to your skin. All chemical sunscreens are your best bet. If the sunscreen does not list the SPF blockage be careful and check your skin throughout the day.
Generally, if you have very sensitive or acne-prone skin, look for an all physical sunscreen or a physical/chemical combination sunscreen. All chemical sunscreens can cause stinging, irritation and breakouts for some people. Test each product on a small patch of skin near the wrist and wait over-night, or for six to twelve hours, in case you have a reaction.
Is this too much of a hassle? Wear a hat! Studies have shown that the more skin you cover from harmful UVs the lower your risks are.
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