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How and when to apply sunscreen

How and when to apply sunscreen

As the days get warmer and the sun gets stronger, it becomes even more important to protect your skin from harmful ultraviolet rays. Although you can cover up yourself, sunscreen is your best bet to keep your skin protected from UV rays. Some sunscreens like the POND'S Serum Boost Sunscreen not only protect your skin but also nourish it. This makes sunscreen an absolute must-have skincare product.

Now, the most important question when it comes to sunscreen application is, how to apply sunscreen on the face and body to get the best out of it? In this blog, we'll be answering that question by giving you 9 awesome tips to keep in mind while applying sunscreen.

How To Apply Sunscreen?

Before we get into the tips, let's try to understand how to apply sunscreen every day on your face. Just follow the steps given below and you'll be protecting your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays in no time.

1. Face Cleansing: Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser in the morning.

2. Skincare Products: Pat dry your face and start applying your skincare products such as serums, spot treatments, and moisturisers.

3. Sunscreen 2-Finger Rule: Once your moisturiser is completely absorbed into your skin, take your sunscreen and shake it lightly to ensure everything is correctly mixed. Use the 2-finger rule and take an adequate amount of sunscreen to fill both your index and middle finger. This would be sufficient for your face and neck.

4. Applying Sunscreen: Now, dot the sunscreen all over your face and neck, and spread it evenly with your fingertips. Gently massage it in till there's no white cast left. Now you can apply your makeup on top of it.

5. Sunscreen Re-application: You should also consider reapplying your sunscreen every 3-4 hours in case of prolonged sun exposure, sweating or swimming.

9 Tips To Get The Most Out Of Your Sunscreen?

Now that you know how to apply sunscreen, it's time you learn how to use sunscreen to get the most out of it. Simply keep these 9 tips in mind and you'll be getting the best out of your sunscreen.

1. Choose The Right Sunscreen - While using sunscreen is important, it is equally important to choose the right one for your skin. Choose a cream-based sunscreen if you have normal to dry skin, gel-based sunscreen if you have oily or combination skin, and serum-based sunscreen if you have really dry skin. Although sunscreens come in both chemical and physical forms, physical or mineral sunscreens are always preferred by dermatologists.

2. Get At Least SPF 30 -The bare minimum SPF or Sun Protection Factor needed in India is 30. So, make sure that your sunscreen offers at least SPF 30 so that you're protected from harmful UVB rays. People with long exposure to the sun can also opt for sunscreens with SPF 50 or SPF 60.

3. Prefer Broad Spectrum Protection -Only checking SPF isn't enough. If you want to know how to apply sunscreen while getting the most out of it, always go for a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Check for the PA rating on your sunscreen's packaging or look for the word broad-spectrum. For example, the POND'S Serum Boost Sunscreen Gel comes with SPF 50 and a PA+++ rating, which means it is a broad-spectrum sunscreen that will protect you from both UVA and UVB rays.

4. Follow The 2-Finger Rule For Face - The best way to apply sunscreen is using the 2-finger rule. This means, you take a generous amount of sunscreen on your index and middle finger and then dot it all over your face before massaging it into your skin. This amount of sunscreen is perfect for your face and neck.

5. Do Not Forget The Body -Once you're done applying sunscreen to your face, do not forget your body. Apply a thick layer of sunscreen lotion all over the exposed parts of your body.

6. More Is Always Better - With sunscreens, more the amount of product you apply, better the sun protection you get. So, if you think you might not be applying enough sunscreen, apply more. More sunscreen wouldn't do any harm, but less definitely could.

7. Reapply Every Few Hours - Do not forget to reapply your sunscreen every few hours, especially if you spend long hours in the sun, sweat a lot, go swimming or towel dry yourself.

8. Wear Sunscreen Daily - Like most skincare products, with sunscreens, consistency is the key. Make sunscreen application your daily ritual and follow it religiously, without missing a single day.

9. Use Other Products With SPF - No skincare products with SPF can replace sunscreen. However, you can get some additional protection by using skincare or makeup products with SPF in them such as the POND'S BB+ Cream with SPF 30 and a PA++ rating. You can also use lip balms with SPF to protect your lips from sun damage.

That's it! Now you know how to apply sunscreen to get the most out of it. Keep these 9 tips in mind and you'll be a sunscreen pro. Use products like the POND'S Serum Boost Sunscreen cream SPF 35, gel or serum to protect your skin from harmful UVA-UVB rays while keeping it nourished, bright and supple.


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