How To Use Sunscreen – Directions and Tips

how to use sunscreen

Is there a right way to use sunscreen? Have you been using it wrong? The truth is that this is entirely possible. Today, we will talk about the steps you can take when using it and the difference it can make to your skin. Get the best out of your sunscreen with us!

What is sunscreen?

This is a product used on your skin to protect you from the UV rays that come from the sun. It also saves you from other issues caused by the sun’s effect on your skin, like signs of ageing, wrinkles, pigmentation and age spots. Sunscreen is one of the most essential elements of your daily skincare regime. Many people do not realise this, so if you haven’t already, add it to your routine right away!

How to use sunscreen for maximum protection!

1. SPF are your three special letters

When picking sun protection products, make sure you pick one with an SPF(Sun Protection Factor) that’s at least over 30, preferably at 50. Rarely will you get the complete protection promised, so if you’re spending a lot of time outside, then it’s best to get as much protection as you can.

 2. Get the best that you can

According to the FDA, your sunscreen needs to work for UVB (ultraviolet B) rays also. They can’t protect you from all kinds of UV rays, but a broad-spectrum sunscreen can give you good coverage.

3. Give it time

Your skin needs time to absorb the product to protect you from UV rays, so it is best to apply it 15 minutes before you step out in the sun.

4. Don’t be stingy! 

Make sure you apply sunscreen in abundance because there is no saying how much you might need it.

5. The truth about waterproof

There is no clear-cut truth that waterproof sunscreen works. While some say that waterproof claims don’t work or are not different from regular sunscreens, a group of professionals believe it works. Waterproof sunscreens are used especially before going for a swim. There isn’t enough proof to support this, so it’s best to reapply your sunscreen after a swim or sweating.

 6. Use it wisely

Instead of pouring out a large amount on your hand and then applying it to your face, spread it over your hands and face directly. This way, you will know exactly how much coverage you’re going to get and avoid wastage.

7. Once isn’t enough

 You need to re-apply your sunscreen every 2-3 hours. This is extremely important if you’re going to be out in the sun for long periods. Sweating can deactivate sunscreen, so it is best to touch it up. This applies to when you go swimming as well.

8. Make it your home, buddy!

 What you might not know is that sunscreen needs to be applied at least once a day when you’re at home as well. This is because sun rays enter your house and can impact your skin. While our bones need nourishment from the sun, the rays from 10 am to 1 pm are harmful to our skin in any amount.

9. Your unique protection

 It is important to use sunscreen that doesn’t block your pores. Look out for non-comedogenic sunscreens that fit your skin type. If you don’t like the oiliness that sunscreen can leave behind, especially in hot weather, look for a non-greasy sunscreen.

 10. Trust your dermatologist

 To ensure you get the right sunscreen for your face, consult with a dermatologist. This can save you from any risky reactions!

In case of acne, sunscreen is usually not advised if you have active acne on your face

Sunscreen and acne

 In the case of active inflammatory acne, religious use of sunscreen is not advised. It can clog your pores and make your acne worse. But it is not healthy for your skin to avoid it completely. Your options here are as follows –

  • Avoid going out during harsh periods of exposure.
  • Wear protective clothing to avoid getting affected by the sun.
  • A doctor can prescribe a suitable sunscreen for you during or after your acne treatment.
  • In cases of extreme sun exposure, you will need sun protection. 
  • Get a dermatologists recommendation to safely manage your acne and sun protection.

The silver lining 

Wearing sunscreen can save your skin from a lot of damage. But applying it on your face isn’t enough. With our tips, you can get a better picture of how to use it and the best kind! 


1. Should I skip moisturiser when using sunscreen?

 Definitely not. Moisturiser is a key element of your daily skincare. Never skip it.

 2. Can you sleep with sunscreen on?

 It is best to wash it off before going to bed and use a nourishing moisturiser.

 3. Can I put sunscreen on my lips?

 To protect your lips you can get yourself a lip balm with SPF in it.

 4. Is it okay to put sunscreen on my eyelids?

 It is usually safe to do this, but make sure to read the product label before you use it. Avoid putting it in your eye by mistake. If you have any reactions, wash it off immediately and then consult a doctor.

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Dr Jisha Gomez

Dr Jisha Gomez

She is a highly skilled dermatology physician with strong expertise in improving skin & hair health through the development of corrective treatment combinations. She completed her Post-graduate Diploma in Dermatology from Cardiff, UK & Fellowship in Aesthetic Medicine (FAM) from the Institute of Laser and Aesthetic Medicine, Delhi with over 5+ years experience treating skin patients. She has worked in Government hospitals in Trivandrum and Bangalore. She is actively involved in creating awareness for healthy skin, breaking the social stigma based on skin colour & stopping steroid abuse in our country.