It is hot, and you can perceive the UV rays penetrating your skin, which is a clear sign the summer is here! The rays you feel in the summer are called UVB rays and are strong since they are shorter wavelengths.
We all know how vital it is to apply sunscreen before heading outdoors. But did you know it is equally important to use SPF even when you are inside? Or that you need to reapply every two hours if you are going to spend the day outdoors?
First, it is essential to understand the difference between sunblock and sunscreen; even though their main purpose is the same, they work differently.
A sunblock such as MISSHA All Around Safe Block blocks UV rays and starts working immediately after putting it on.
A sunscreen like PURITO Centella Green Level Safe Sun Cream works by absorbing into the skin. This means that you must apply it 20 to 30 minutes before sun exposure, so you are sure the product has penetrated the skin.
Please note that the number of SPF doesn't vary between sunblock and sunscreen. If the sunblock and sunscreen has an SPF 30, both have the same level of protection. They are both fantastic products; there is no "better" product.
Now let's take a look at the five most common mistakes people make when using sunscreen.
1. Not Applying Sunscreen Every Day
Most people think that they don't require sunscreen if they don't go outdoors. You have to keep in mind that the amount of sun you get daily from running errands adds up. The best way to always be protected and avoid "incidental" sun damage is to apply sunscreen.
Use sunscreen even if you spend most of your day indoors. Please note that indoor UV exposure can take place from ultraviolet rays that get through the glass.
You can try SKIN & LAB Fre-C Sun Lotion, which shields your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays with hydrating results. It is lightweight and has no sticky after-effects for a hassle-free experience.
2. Only Applying Sunscreen On The Face
People forget to protect other parts of the body, especially lips and eyelids. It is essential to cover all areas of your body exposed to the sun to prevent skin cancer.
Please note that the skin on the eyelid has the highest incidence of skin cancer per unit area. Most sun protection products are not designed to be used around the eyes, so it is best to buy particular products made for this area.
Don't forget to take care of your eyelids after a fun day at the beach with PETITFEE Gold Hydrogel Eye Patch to keep your eyes looking fresh and young.
3. Skip Moisturiser
It is best always to use a moisturiser in your face, but during summer, you can directly use sunscreen such as COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream, a lightweight formula that offers a high level of moisturising for your skin. It is your ideal everyday cream as it doesn't dry out your skin and leaves no residue like other creams.
However, if you have dry skin, it is best to use a daytime moisturiser such as PYUNKANG YUL Moisture Cream, an excellent hydrating cream suitable for all skin types and daily use, and then the sunscreen.
Remember that order is essential, so make sure to always apply sunscreen after moisturiser and before makeup. If you don't wear makeup, sunscreen must be the last thing you put on your skin.
4. Applying a Low SPF
Dermatologists recommend an SPF of at least 30 since it has been clinically proven to be enough protection to minimize UVA and UVB rays' adverse effects. According to studies, the key is to use the sunscreen or sunblock properly to get higher protection.
5. Not Reapplying
If you spend all day under the sun, you must reapply every two hours or after swimming or sweating heavily. Apply sunscreen 20 to 30 minutes before you go outside and make sure to cover all exposed skin areas.
If you are using a sunblock such as JIGOTT UV Sun Block, you can apply it immediately before heading out.
The JIGOTT UV Sun Block comes in two types. The first Snail variant which is a light cream that spreads smoothly onto skin blocking UV. The second type is Whitening UV Sun Block that protects your skin from intense UV rays. Use the combination of JIGOTT UV Sun Block to shield your skin during summer.