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Using sunscreen for the face is as important as using sunscreen on other body skin. Both of these sunscreens can protect the skin from the dangers of excess sunlight. For sunscreen on the face, make sure you pay attention to the formula and how to use it
Sunscreen is a skin care product that serves to protect the skin from the harmful rays of the sun. Some sunscreens are used for body skin and some are for face. However, for the face, the ideal sunscreen used is a special sunscreen for facial skin.
Please note that facial skin tends to be thinner and more sensitive than the skin on other parts of the body. This condition causes facial skin to be more susceptible to interference due to the adverse effects of sunlight, such as redness, irritation and black spots or spots appear.
Well, this is the reason why the use of sunscreen for the face is no less important than sunscreen for the body.
Not only that, sunscreen products can also help reduce the risk of skin cancer and prevent skin wrinkles and premature skin aging. The active ingredients in sunscreen work by absorbing ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, so that radiation exposure does not reach the deeper layers of the skin.
Face sunscreen is specially made with a lighter texture than sunscreen for the body.In addition, sunscreens for the face also generally do not contain oil or alcohol, so they tend not to clog the pores of the face that risk causing acne or irritation of the facial skin.
How to Use Sunscreen for the Right Face
Like sunscreen for the body, sunscreen for the face is also available in the form of creams, lotions, gels, and sprays. To properly apply sunscreen on your face, try the following steps:
- For sunscreen in the form of lotion or liquid, shake the container before use so that the ingredients in it are completely mixed
- For spray sunscreen, spray it on your hands first, then wipe it evenly on your facial skin. Avoid spraying sunscreen directly on facial skin
- Apply sunscreen on the face at least 30 minutes before outdoor activities, so that the active ingredients in sunscreen can be absorbed optimally and are more effective in protecting facial skin
- Use sunscreen for the face on the ears and neck, because these areas are also exposed to the sun
- Also apply sunscreen on the lips using sunscreen in the form of lip balm
Sunscreen can't protect facial skin all day long. Therefore, it is recommended to reuse it every 1-2 hours. Sunscreen is also a good idea to use after your skin has been sweating profusely, has dried your face with a towel, or been swimming.
Things to Pay Attention to in Using Sunscreen for Face
In addition to how to use it, there are several things to consider about using sunscreen for the face. So that sunscreen on the face can protect facial skin more effectively, do the following tips:
1. Choose a sunscreen that suits your skin type
If you have facial skin that tends to be dry, use sunscreen in the form of a cream with moisturizing ingredients. Avoid spray sunscreens because these types of sunscreens usually contain alcohol, which can dry out the skin even more.
For oily and acne-prone skin types, choose a sunscreen in the form of a gel that absorbs faster into the skin. Avoid sunscreens in the form of creams or oil-based ones because they can clog pores and make facial skin even more oily.
For sensitive facial skin, use sunscreen products that do not contain alcohol and fragrance.
2. Choose a sunscreen labeled “broad-spectrum”
The “broad spectrum” label indicates that the sunscreen can protect the skin from UVA and UVB rays. UVA and UVB rays are ultraviolet radiation from the sun that can damage the skin.
UVA rays can accelerate skin aging, and cause wrinkles and dark spots. Meanwhile, UVB rays can cause sunburn.
3. Pay attention to the SPF value
SPF (sun protection factor) is a measure that determines how long sunscreen can protect the skin from UVB. The SPF value needs to be adjusted to the condition and color of the skin, but the most commonly used in Indonesia is SPF 30 or more.
Whatever form of sunscreen you use for your face, make sure you use it according to the directions for use on the packaging label.
4. Choose cosmetics that contain sunscreen
If you want to wear make-up or cosmetics, choose one that already contains sunscreen. Some cosmetic products, such as foundation, have added sunscreen content, so they can provide a protective effect from the sun when used.
If cosmetic products are not enriched with sunscreen, you can apply sunscreen to your face first, then wait for at least 20 minutes before applying make-up.
In addition, don't forget to check the composition of the ingredients contained in the sunscreen, because it can be a consideration for those of you who may be allergic to these ingredients. If you are confused about choosing the right type of sunscreen for your face, you can consult a dermatologist.
The use of sunscreen for the face also needs to be accompanied by other efforts, such as using sunglasses that can block UV rays and wearing a wide-brimmed hat. With these efforts, the face and scalp will be more protected from the sun when doing outdoor activities.