Prior to heading outdoors and enjoy the sunny weather, there is one thing highly recommended by every dermatologist which is applying sunscreen to the skin. The sun not only gives sunlight but emits UVA and UVB rays which often damage the skin. Sunscreen lotions protect the skin by reflecting or absorbing such rays and keeps the skin safe.
Even though the majority of people use sunscreen before going out in the sun, the right application is often missed. Without using the product correctly, its utmost effectiveness cannot be achieved. Below are the right ways of using sunscreen to maintain its effects on the skin.
#1 Apply before Going Outside
Sunscreen is mostly used before visiting the beach. In that case, many people make the mistake of using sunscreen ‘after’ reaching the beach. Not only it will damage the skin but will also reduce the effectiveness of even the best sunscreen in India as continuous heat can break down the particles. The right way is to apply the lotion at least thirty minutes before going out to let the skin absorb the lotion and prepare it for the harsh sunlight.
#2 Cover all the Exposed Areas
The face, neck, and arms are the commonest areas where sunscreen is applied. However, there have been stances when people use sunscreen only to these areas. Applying sunscreen to all the sun-exposed areas is essential as it can damage the skin. In addition to the common areas, sunscreen should also be applied to lesser-known parts of the body including thighs, eyelids, and lips.