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Wearing sunscreen is an essential part of protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun’s ultraviolet rays. But with so many options out there, it can be overwhelming to figure out what’s best for you. Well, now you don’t have to worry. This will serve as your comprehensive guide on how to choose and use sunscreen. 

We’ve rounded up 10 dos and don’ts for wearing sunscreen, providing you with all the helpful information you need to make an informed decision. From choosing the right SPF to applying it correctly, we’ve included everything you need to know to keep your skin safe and healthy. 

Top Sunscreen Dos and Don’ts

Do Choose a Broad-Spectrum SPF

For radiant, healthy skin, embracing a broad-spectrum SPF is non-negotiable! It’s your best bet in shielding your skin from the hazardous effects of UVA and UVB light, both of which contribute to skin damage. UVA light, the most prevalent type of UV radiation, is a year-round menace that can sneakily penetrate through glass. Don’t be fooled by its subtlety; it’s the main culprit behind those fine lines, age spots, and uneven skin texture you’ve been noticing. Even more, it can lead to the enlargement of pores, rough skin texture, and the dreaded loss of collagen, your skin’s natural plumpness booster.

On the other hand, UVB light, which often steals the spotlight due to its immediate sunburn-causing effects, is equally harmful. While it may be the one we most commonly associate with sunscreen, it’s crucial not to underestimate the need for protection against both types of UV radiation. Broad-spectrum SPF sunscreens are true superstars as they provide the comprehensive coverage you need against the twin UV threats. And remember, it’s for everyone, regardless of your age or skin colour. Whether you’re planning a sun-soaked beach vacation or just stepping out for a quick errand, never underestimate the cumulative impact of sun exposure. Always arm yourself with a broad spectrum sunscreen to shield your skin no matter the time of day.

Do Pick the Right Type of Sunscreen Specific for your Skin

Protecting your skin from the sun is a crucial step in keeping it healthy and youthful. But with so many sunscreen options available, it can be overwhelming to choose the right one. First things first- sunscreens are broadly classified into two categories: chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV light, thanks to ingredients like octinoxate and oxybenzone. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, contain minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that deflect light away from the skin. To get the best protection, go for a combination of both types. This way, you’ll be shielded against UVA and UVB rays. 

However, some skin types are sensitive to chemical formulas that leave a white cast over the skin. But don’t worry- there are mineral-based alternatives that offer a gentler experience. If you have rosacea, are prone to sensitivity or redness, or have any facial eczema, give mineral sunscreen a try. And remember, whatever kind of sunscreen you opt for, make sure to apply and reapply frequently, especially if you’re sweating or swimming. 

Do Check the Expiration Date Before Sunscreen Application 

Did you know that using expired sunscreen could harm your skin instead of protecting it? That’s why it’s important to check the expiration date before slathering on that lotion. Over time, sunscreen loses its efficacy, leaving you vulnerable to harmful UV rays. Before heading out for a day in the sun, take a moment to glance at the expiration date on your sunscreen bottle. If it’s past its prime, it’s time to toss it in the trash and invest in a fresh tube.

Don’t Be Conservative During Application

When it comes to applying sunscreen, we can get so caught up in the number on the bottle that we forget the importance of applying enough of the product to our skin. Liberal application means different things to different people, so here’s a simple rule of thumb from the experts. Use a quarter teaspoon or 1.25 ml for the face and neck for proper coverage. And don’t be shy. Remember- it’s better to go overboard than under. 

If you’re still not sure that you’re applying enough sunscreen, try the “13 dot technique” recommended by one beauty guru. Apply 13 dots of sunscreen around your face and massage them together for even, thorough coverage. By adopting these simple rituals, you can help protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and enjoy youthful, healthy skin in your 40s and beyond.

Don’t Depend on Makeup to Deliver Adequate Protection from the Sun’s UV Rays

Listen up, ladies! We all have that trusty foundation in our makeup bag—that ever-reliable foundation that promises not just flawless skin but also some SPF protection. Well, brace yourselves, because this is where the plot thickens. Contrary to popular belief, your favourite foundation, even if it’s the one that boasts an SPF15, is not the sun-shielding superhero we thought it was. 

While your tinted moisturiser might give you a smidge of UVB protection, it’s not going to step up to the plate when the sun really starts to sizzle. The reason? It’s unlikely you’re drenching every inch of your skin in tinted moisturiser to get that all-around protection. To remedy this problem, start your beauty routine with a generous layer of high-SPF sunscreen, creating an invincible shield before your makeup steps onto the field. Go for a tinted moisturiser with an SPF of at least 30 like the Mayerling Anti-Ageing Moisturising Cream. It’s the perfect blend of beauty and defence, providing your skin with the sun protection and nourishment it needs.

Protect your Skin While Moisturising from Within 

When it comes to protecting your skin from the harmful effects of the sun and other external stressors, look no further than Mayerling. As an award-winning cosmeceutical brand, you can be confident that you are treating your skin with no less than premium ingredients that work synergistically to deliver stunning results and superior UV protection all year round. 

Best worn over other Mayerling bestsellers, such as the Dermal Transfer Serum Vitamin C 15%, Vitamin A Retinoid Serum, and DeAgeing Complex Forte Face & Neck Cream, you can trust that this tried and tested formula will help you to look ageless and vibrant. If you want to learn more about our popular cosmeceutical range or interested in becoming a stockist, simply call our direct line on 02 9909 0935 today.