As you are aware, Sun protection is essential to keep your skin healthy and stop the early signs of aging. Skin products with SPF, 30 or more, is best for your skin. There are some, who argue sun protection makes their oily skin even worse. However, that is untrue. Sun protection is vital, no excuses!
How To Apply Sun Protection
Skin products with SPF 30 or more work best when you apply it 20 minutes before exposing yourself to sunlight. The best practice is to use your sun protection cream at the same time you use your daily moisturizer. Best is if your daily moisturizer has sun protection benefits too, but if you are going to be out for a prolonged period of time, make you bring a sunscreen for reapplication.
Don't forget to re-apply regularly throughout the day, as we like to say “don’t be shy to reapply”. When you're exposed to sunlight, your SPF will help you protect your skin from the harmful alpha, beta, gamma, UVA, UVB and other such harmful rays in the sunlight. However, you also need to sweat/perspire. That's how your skin breathes. Depending on skin tone, activity or perspiration, it's necessary to re-apply regularly (every 2 hours) to make sure your sun protection is effective.
Neglected Spots for Sun Protection
Here are some of the spots you usually miss in your body when applying SPF. These are pretty important spots, so have a read:
Neck- Don't want to be known as a Red Neck, apply to your neck, especially the nape (behind your neck) area is neglected. Yes, your hair might stop your nape from exposing itself to the sunlight, but just go this extra distance to make sure you're completely protected. You're already applying on your face, just spread it towards the neck area also.
Tips of Ears- Again, you're applying on your face, so just spread it towards your ears and don't miss the tips of your ears! Skin on your ears is just as sensitive and important as the skin of your face.
Lips- Once you've burned your lips, they become so much more sensitive to sun and need to be protected. Make sure to find a lipbalm with SPF 30 or higher and always reapply.
Your Midriff- Whether wearing sarees, or western wear, or crop top, your midriff is exposed to sunlight when you're bending down, reaching up, and so on. Make sure you apply sunscreen there as well.
Hands and Feet- Many people forget to protect their hands and feet with sunscreen, but your hands and feet cannot be forgotten. You don't want your hands and feet to look older and darker as compared to your face, do you? Not to mention, sunburns hurt.
So, sunscreen is a must to protect you from UV exposure, all over!