Summer is in full swing,
so there's no time like the present to check in on
your sunscreen habits, and the somewhat surprising mistakes people make when it comes to facial sun protection.
"The shortest distance between your youthful face and one that looks much older is sun exposure.
Get a high SPF.
Put It On.
~ Dr. Hirsch via Allure Magazine
1. Buy a broad spectrum SPF with a high number
You need both UVA and UVB protection (A is for aging and B is for burning) and you need to get as high of an SPF number as you can get. All too often people go for a low number thinking they still want to get some color.
2. Dominant Sides
It's easy to unintentionally apply less sunscreen toyour non-dominant side - e.g. if you are right handed, applying less to your left side. You have to make sure you are applying it evenly.
3. Missing Spots
You have to make sure you apply it everywhere. Dermatologists see many precancerous lesions above the lips and around the hairline, where SPF application has been missed.
4. Relying on SPF in your moisturizer or foundation
No one applies moisturizer or foundation evenly enough or thickly enough to get the actual amount of SPF that is on the label. Always use a free standing facial SPF
5. Forgetting the chest
Your decolletage and throat need a liberal application of facial SPF every single day. Both will age you super fast if you don't take care of them.
6. Use a freestanding facial SPF every. single. day.
Dermatologists will always tell you, you need broad spectrum UVA & UVB protection every day of the year. Apply it after your moisturizer every day for 30 days and it will become a habit.
A youth enhancing habit.