Already following a skincare routine and applying SPF regularly? You might still be in danger of ageing skin.
While everyone knows the importance of applying SPF, there are some minor details that are often missed. Here, we share 10 shocking sun care mistakes that could be causing major skin damage, and what to do to delay the inevitable ageing process.
SPF in makeup is not enough sun protection
Yup, using moisturisers and foundations with SPF isn’t giving you much protection at all. An adequate amount of sunscreen is at least a teaspoon, and you definitely don’t apply that much makeup onto your skin. It’s good to use makeup as an extra layer, but make sure to use a proper SPF base first.
You can’t use natural oils as sunscreen
The internet speculates that things like carrot oil, shea butter, and coconut oil can act as a sunscreen. Not quite! They contain a very low SPF value and they are not all made in the same way so you will never have an accurate measure of the SPF amount.
(Also read: 6 Botanical Oils That Your Acne-Prone Skin Will Love)
Your sunscreen could cause breakouts
Like all skincare and makeup, SPF products can react differently with your skin. Sunscreens are heavier and thicker than most makeup products, which can lead to clogged pores if not removed properly.
Next time you break out, don’t blame your skincare, but try a gentler physical sunscreen instead. Unlike chemical sunscreens, they rest on the top layer of your skin instead of penetrating the inner layers.
Not all clothings protect you from UV rays
You might think that having any layer on your skin will provide protection against the sun. Unfortunately, this isn’t true because UV rays can penetrate fabric and even your windows. This is why there are specific brands that create UV-reflective clothes.
(Also read: 12 Pretty Sun Hats to Protect You From UV Rays)
Don’t forget your eyes and lips
When SPF experiments are done using a UV camera, it is shown that people often miss their mouth and eyes. Remember to apply a lip balm with SPF, sunscreen on your eyelids, and sunglasses with UV protection.
Sweat washes off sunscreen easily
Sports sunscreens are made to last for about 80 minutes, but products are easily removed from your skin through sweating and rubbing. Reapply whenever you sweat intensely.
But you still need to wash sunscreen off well
This might contradict the previous point, but sunscreen is hard to remove completely. The thick and sticky substance requires an oil-based cleanser and proper massaging to be fully washed off.