Tips on how to put on sunscreen – Part 1

We all inherently know that we should put on sunscreen when we go outside in the sun, but we often have lots of excuses as to why we don’t wear it, such as “I will only be in the sun a short while” and “I am driving so there’s no need”.

Then, when we do put it on, we may not be using the right sunscreen and we may not be applying it correctly, and we may miss areas of our face. In this blog, I want to give you a few of my tips on how to put sunscreen on your face, neck, hands and décolletage.

I have a rule that SPF 30 broad-spectrum sunscreen to protect against UVA and UVB rays should be used from November to April and that you should use SPF 50 from the beginning of May to the end of October. My second rule is that you should put on sunscreen even if the weather is cloudy.

Each morning before you leave the house you can apply sunscreen first to your face, then your neck and finally to your hands. If you have other areas of skin exposed, such as your shoulder tips or your décolletage, you should also apply sunscreen to them, not forgetting, of course, the fronts of your legs.

Applying sunscreen to your face would appear to be straightforward, but it is not because we often forget to cover about the sides of our faces.

We are so used to seeing photos of ourselves taken from the front that we forget that some areas of our face and head tend to catch the sun more than others.

When we look in the mirror, we just see the front of our face – the front of our forehead, the bridge of our nose, our eyebrows and eyes, the front of our cheeks, our mouth and the area around it and our chin. What we don’t see is the expanse of skin that goes from the sides of our temples down the sides of our face in front of the ears and on to the neck below the ears.

The skin on the sides of our face is actually a larger surface area than that on the front that we are so familiar with in photos and when we look in the mirror.

By |2018-09-06T13:32:16+00:00September 3rd, 2018|Dermatology, Jennifer Crawley|Comments Off on Tips on how to put on sunscreen – Part 1