Summer Tips: Are You Applying Your Sunscreen The Right Way? Here’s How To Use It Correctly

In the daytime (especially during summer), it is ubiquitous for sun rays to escape and project incidentally on one's skin surface.

As summer has officially arrived and soon it will take its full effect, it is vital that people finally understand the importance of sunscreen this season. Sunscreen today is the most crucial part of any skincare routine, but why is that so?

In the daytime (especially during summer), it is ubiquitous for sun rays to escape and project incidentally on one’s skin surface. This, in turn, can cause severe harmful effects, like tanning, burning, hyperpigmentation, melasma and even skin cancer.

While the longtime exposure to direct sunlight increases the chances for these effects, having a brief exposure can also bring damage to skin cells if one has not applied sunscreen. This is especially crucial for Indian skin as people with skin of colour are not as likely to be burnt by sun rays, but they much more easily pigment even with slight irritation on their skin. Hence, to prevent unwanted skin damage, people should always wear sunscreen in the daytime. But now that you have covered why sunscreen is essential to include in your everyday routine, are you sure you are applying your sunscreen correctly?

Mistakes That Most People Make While Applying Sunscreen

Applying minimum amount

The most common mistake that most people make while applying sunscreen is using only two-three drops of the cream and spreading it over their face like a moisturiser unevenly. And most of them don’t even bother to reapply the product again for the rest of the day. Unfortunately, most people are unaware that this regime doesn’t help them be protected from the sun at all; instead, they are wasting their money and sunscreen by misusing it.

Not using the correct product for their skin

Everyone has different skin and skin types. A product that supposedly works for one person will not magically work the same way for everyone else. But regardless of that, many people coming under the influence of online review videos purchase creams and sunscreens that are not specifically suited for their skin. This is one of the reasons why many oily skin people like to avoid using sunscreen due to feeling oily and sticky from wearing it.

Not caring about the SPF of their sunscreen

Indeed, one must have read the word SPF on their sunscreen bottles when they purchased it. It is usually written in bright and big colours on the front of the bottle mainly because it is the most crucial sunscreen aspect. However, still many people choose to ignore it, not caring whether it’s a 30 or 50 SPF, as long as it’s cost-cutting. This might be the most detrimental mistake one can make, as applying insufficient SPF sunscreen on their skin will only give them limited protection, and they may still get sun damage after all.

Hence, people must understand what SPF stands for in sunscreen to make a knowledgeable purchase for their skin protection. SPF means Sun Protection Factor, and it is a measurement of how much solar radiation or UV rays are required to cause a sunburn on a skin protected by the sunscreen and its measured relative to the amount of UV rays required to cause a burn on unprotected skin. Higher SPF entails more protection from the sun. However, dermatologists recommend it to use a minimum of 30-50 SPF every day.

How Should You Apply Your Sunscreen to Get the Best Results?

Apply it daily without fail

Sunscreens give extreme benefits to the skin, but they can only work when they are in action. People often confuse sunscreen with moisturisers, which leads them to believe that it will work in the same way as well. However, Sunscreens are much different in composition. They act as a skin barrier or shield which doesn’t get absorbed in the skin to provide moisturisation like a face cream. Instead, they only help reflect the sun’s rays to prevent sun damage on the skin. Hence, a person can easily tan or burn their skin if they skip applying sunscreen even for one day. Moreover, it’s not just direct sun exposure that requires sun protection, but if people are inside their homes, or if it’s a rainy day, regardless, they should apply sunscreen every day.

Reapply it every 2 hour

Applying sunscreen is essential, but reapplying it is just as crucial for it to work correctly. Sunscreen, as said before, can only work when they are in action. But it is common for many types of Sunscreens to rub off eventually after 2-4 hours, depending on the quality of the product. Hence, for ample sun protection, people should constantly Reapply sunscreen after 2 hours of applying it to be safe.

Apply three fingers equal amount

As most people do it, two-three drops of sunscreen is barely enough to cover one’s entire face. Instead, a rule of three fingers should be applied when covering the face and neck together. Apply the cream on the first three fingers of the hand, and this is supposed to be the correct amount of sunscreen to cover the entire face and neck portion adequately.

Choose the correct product

There is no shortage of skincare brands in the market today. But how to decide which one is correct for ourselves? Sunscreen, like every-other skincare product, comes with skin type suitability. For instance, an oily skin individual is not meant to apply a normal to dry skin sunscreen because this can make them feel heavy and oily all day. Instead, the products like gel formations are made that control sebum production and provide the care of sunscreen to their skin.

Similarly, cream versions of sunscreens are ideal for dry skin people. Furthermore, details like SPF should also be considered by people depending on much sun exposure they take every day. All the details are generally mentioned on the product packaging to make people more aware of what they are applying to their skin.


Considering how much and how often we have to use them, sunscreens can be an expensive purchase, at least those that work adequately in protecting the skin from sun damage stay water and sweat resistant and don’t cause skin irritation. But considering how much benefit it gives to your skin, it is essential to use the best kind possible. And besides protecting from tanning, sunscreen is a great skincare product for preventing premature ageing, wrinkles and melanin deposition. Hence, this is the one step that people must include in their everyday beauty regime, or all their skincare steps can go to waste eventually.

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