How much sunscreen to use?
When applying sunscreen to your face, it's important to use an adequate amount to ensure effective sun protection. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends using about a quarter-sized amount of sunscreen for your face. Here are some general guidelines: 1. Quarter-sized amount: Squeeze or pump enough sunscreen to cover your face and neck completely. This amount is typically around a quarter-sized dollop, but it may vary depending on the specific product's consistency. 2. Spread evenly: Apply the sunscreen evenly over your face, including the forehead, nose, cheeks, chin, and neck. Don't forget to cover your ears if they are exposed to the sun. 3. Reapply: It's essential to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if you are swimming, sweating, or rubbing your face with a towel. Even if a sunscreen claims to be "water-resistant," it's still a good practice to reapply after swimming or excessive sweating. 4. Use SPF 30 or higher: Opt for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor) of 30 or higher for adequate protection. 5. Don't forget sensitive areas: Be sure to cover sensitive areas such as the area around your eyes and your lips. Consider using a lip balm with SPF to protect your lips. Remember that sunscreen should be part of your daily skincare routine, even on cloudy days, as UV rays can penetrate cloud cover. Applying the right amount and reapplying as necessary will help protect your skin from the harmful effects of sun exposure, including premature aging and the risk of skin cancer.