How much sunscreen should you use exactly on your face?

Sunscreen on the face is important if you are exposed to the sun, not only on the beach but also in the city. Here's what you need to know.

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Sunscreen on the face is important if you are exposed to the sun, not only on the beach but also in the city. Here's what you need to know.

When we expose ourselves to sunlight, not only at the sea but also in the city, it is important to apply the right protection. But how much cream do you need to use to get optimal coverage? Let's find out together. (Read also: Sun creams, which are the best and worst brands. Garnier Ambre Solaire and Piz Buin "insufficient").


How much sunscreen should I apply?

Spreading on sunscreen is always a good idea, especially on the beach.

Uno study of 2016 linked a history of severe sunburn to an increased chance of developing skin cancer. According to The Skin Cancer Foundation, one of the most effective ways to protect the skin is to use a broad spectrum sunscreen, which means that it protects against UVA and UVB rays.

With regard to the amount of cream, experts suggest at least one ounce of sunscreen all over the body, including the face, which is enough to fill a shot glass. In practice, only for the face it is necessary to apply at least 1 gram of sunscreen. But how to measure it? A gram can be difficult to measure especially if you are at the beach, but you can use accessories for everyday use.

Kitchen spoon or measuring spoons

I measuring cups they're not just for cooking, you can also use them to make sure you're spreading the optimal amount of sunscreen. If you use a teaspoon we recommend that you apply at least 1/4 or 1/3 of it.

Syringe without needle

You can also use a syringe without a needle; in this case, however, the right amount is about 1 or 2 milliliters.

With the fingers

Another method is to use le fingers: the right amount to apply is equivalent to the amount that goes into an entire fingertip. 

With a shot glass

A shot glass is a great way to measure sunscreen for the whole body. For the face only, just cover and fill the bottom of the glass.

Which SPF to choose

You always have to choose one broad spectrum sunscreen with at least an SPF of 30, capable of blocking about 97% of UV rays.

In addition to the classic sun protection, you can also choose to use a colored moisturizer or a concealer, or even a foundation, the important thing is that they have a protection factor of 30. (Read also: Sun creams, do not buy them if you read this ingredient on the label: it is dangerous)

How to apply sunscreen to the face

How you apply sunscreen can ensure you get the maximum coverage. Here's how to proceed:

  • First apply your skin care products.
  • then follow with the broad spectrum sunscreen.
  • Finally, apply makeup if you wish.

To apply the sunscreen on the face, we recommend that you put the right amount directly on the palm of one hand, and then with the fingertips of the other hand take small amounts and spread it all over the face. 

Don't forget these areas

There are some areas that people often forget and can become susceptible to Sunspots and at cancerous cells, as:

  • hairline
  • temples
  • area behind the ears

(Read also: Sun creams: be careful to spread them well in this area of ​​the face that we often forget)

Spray sunscreen?

Le spray sun creams they are easier to apply, as they don't involve as much rubbing as lotions do. These products are only effective when applied well; often, in fact, the problem is that they are not applied uniformly everywhere.

Additionally, the American Academy of Dermatology Association does not recommend inhaling sunscreen or spraying the product near the face or mouth.

How often to reapply sunscreen 

If you plan on being exposed to the sun all day, you will need to apply the protection more than once. It's important always reapply every 1-2 hours and after sweating or swimming, because the cream does not always resist water. If you love to spend a lot of time swimming, we recommend that you find one waterproof sunscreen which lasts about 80 minutes.

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