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How to incorporate sunscreen into your daily skincare routine

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When it comes to sunscreen, there is only one school of thought: apply it everyday, come rain or shine, it’s non negotiable. So, when should you be applying sunscreen as part of your skincare routine? The simple, straight forward answer is that you should be applying sunscreen every single day, regardless of whether you're indoors, outdoors or on a plane. That’s because ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun penetrate through clouds and glass, which means you’re exposed to them even when you’re indoors.

So, how do you incorporate sunscreen into your daily skincare routine? The best time to apply sunscreen is after you’ve applied your moisturiser but before you put on your makeup. If you’re using mineral sunscreen, which contains ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, you’ll want to give it a few minutes to sink into your skin before applying makeup. Chemical sunscreen, on the other hand, can be applied right before makeup. But, whichever type you’re opting for, it should be reapplied every four hours for it to work at an optimal level.

When to apply sunscreen in a makeup routine?

It is critical that you wear sunscreen beneath your foundation to create a barrier between your skin and the makeup that you put on. In order to get a flawless base, apply SPF at least two minutes before applying your foundation/base. Applying makeup soon after could dilute your sunscreen or interact with it, resulting in ineffective sun protection.

Sunscreen tips for healthy skin

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, there are a few things you must consider. Understand your skin’s needs: if you have dry skin, use an SPF that is hydrating as well as moisturising whereas if you have oily to combination skin, use an SPF with a matte finish so that your T-Zone remains grease free. Sunscreen as we all know it, is not just for skin protection, but also for skin health targeting pigmentation, sun burns etc. If you wear sunscreen daily, you lower your risk of developing blemishes caused by pigmentation and inflammation.

The Two-Finger Rule

How much sunscreen is too much sunscreen? Proper usage is a huge part of measuring whether sun protection is effective and serving its purpose. The two-finger-method is an easy way for you to measure how much sunscreen to apply to your face. To try this technique, simply squeeze the product in two separate lines on your pointer and middle finger, keep in mind that the SPF protection factor has to be 30 and above. Also, be sure to add the product in proportion with the amount of skin that will be exposed to the sun. Sunscreen usually needs multiple applications a day, especially if you’re spending a lot of time outdoors. The potency of sun protection breaks down on the skin as it interacts with body oils and fluids. Therefore, reapplication is required every 3-4 hours depending on direct sun exposure.

The Takeaway

It’s common knowledge that SPF is necessary protection, but we have all been guilty of not using an adequate amount, forgetting to reapply, or skipping days altogether. However, reminders of the benefits of preventive skin care are enough to encourage almost anyone to slather on SPF daily. So, be mindful of ‘An SPF a day, keeps the wrinkles away’.

Here’s a list of sunscreens suitable for all skin types -

Dry Skin

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The Derma Co. 2% Hyalacalamine Hydrating Sunscreen

The Derma Co. 2% Hyalacalamine Sunscreen: Aren’t we all done with sunscreens that leave a white cast? Derma Co’s 2% Hyacalamine hydrating sunscreen is super lightweight and lets your skin breathe while providing protection against UVA/UVB rays.

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Aqualogica Glow+ Dewy Sunscreen with Papaya & Vitamin C - SPF 50 PA+++ for UVA/B

Aqualogica Dewy Sunscreen: This sunscreen is formulated with the benefits of hyaluronic acid. This glow+ dewy sunscreen is extremely hydrating and feels light on the skin. The best part about this sunscreen is that it is non-oily and does not clog pores while providing high blue light protection.

Oily Skin

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Reequil Ultra Matte Dry Touch Sunscreen Gel SPF 50 PA ++++ UVA

Requil Ultra Matte Dry Touch Sunscreen Gel: The water resistant, silicone-based sunscreen is formulated with SPF 50 PA++++ to protect and repair the skin. It contains botanical extracts like Physalis Angulata; an indian gooseberry known for its potent calming effects as well as antioxidants.

best lotion sunscreen

Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50 PA+++ Ultra Matte Lotion Sunscreen

Lakme Sun Expert SPF 50: Lakme Sun Expert is a high performance sunscreen that blocks upto 97% harmful UVB rays. An ultra matte lotion sunscreen that is lightweight, non sticky, non greasy and sweat proof. The formulation blends into the skin like a dream while providing moisturisation and hydration.

Sensitive Skin

best sunscreen

Minimalist SPF 50 PA ++++ Sunscreen With Multi-Vitamin For Reducing Photoaging & No White Cast

Minimalist Multi Vitamin SPF 50: The perfect example for moisturizer-meets-sunscreen. This broad spectrum SPF 50 PA+++ has a very light texture that spreads easily, leaving behind a natural, moisturised, non-shiny finish. Plus, it’s loaded with vitamins A,B,E and F that help repair skin and minimize damage caused by UV exposure.

best body sunscreen

Sunscoop Fluid Body SPF 60 Hybrid Sunscreen, Transfer Proof & Non-Comedogenic

Sunscoop Fluid: ‘Drop’ it like it's hot. This one of a kind, super lightweight formula is what your skin deserves if you need the ultimate protection. Suitable for all skin types, this SPF is infused with omega oil and vitamin E for intense hydration and skin nourishment.

Normal to combination skin

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La Shield Sunscreen Gel SPF 40 PA+++

La Shield Sunscreen Gel: A basic, no nonsense formula that is gentle, soothing and refreshing on the skin. The buttery formula glides onto the skin very smoothly, leaving behind a matte, dry finish. This SPF makes for a great base under makeup and is an added bonus!

best sunscreen for face

Clinique SPF 50 UVA/UVB Mineral Sunscreen Fluid For Face

Clinique 50 Mineral Sunscreen: The non-acnegenic and photo-allergy tested, the new all-mineral formula is suitable for all skin types, even a sensitive one. The novel SPF 50 blends effortlessly into the skin, prompting a lightweight feeling and eliminating any chalky residue.

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