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You are Probably Applying Your Sunscreen All Wrong

The Ultimate Guide to Applying Sunscreen Correctly

  • Applying Too Little Sunscreen: Most people use far less sunscreen than recommended.
  • Forgetting to Reapply: Sunscreen needs to be reapplied every two hours.
  • Ignoring Expiration Dates: Expired sunscreen loses its effectiveness and protection.
  • Skipping Cloudy Days: UV rays can penetrate clouds and cause damage.
  • Neglecting Hard-to-Reach Areas: Don’t forget ears, scalp, and feet.
  • Mixing with Other Products: Diluting sunscreen can reduce its efficacy.


Use a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30 every day, even on cloudy days

In my journey as an Aesthetic Director, both in Singapore and previously in Australia, I’ve had the privilege of guiding countless individuals through their skincare routines. One aspect that often comes up, and which many seem to struggle with, is the correct application of sunscreen.

Despite its critical role in skin health, I’ve noticed a common trend: many are applying their sunscreen incorrectly, which can significantly diminish its protective benefits.

In the detailed article that follows, I will be shedding light on the common mistakes people make while applying sunscreen, and how to rectify them.

No one wants to look older than they really are, right? But, without proper sun protection, that's exactly what could happen. Those UV rays can cause wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots.

Part 1: The Essentials of Sunscreen

Sunscreen is a non-negotiable in our sunny Singapore weather. I always recommend using a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays cause premature aging like wrinkles and dark spots, while UVB rays are the main culprits behind sunburns. You want a product that guards against both.When it comes to SPF, go for at least SPF 30. Anything lower and you’re not getting adequate protection.

But don’t just stop at the SPF number – check the PA++++ rating too. This indicates the level of UVA protection. The more +’s, the better the UVA screening. I’d suggest a minimum of PA+++.Lastly, remember to apply sunscreen generously and reapply every 2 hours if you’re outdoors. A lot of my clients think they can get away with a single application in the morning.

But with our heat and humidity, sunscreen gets easily removed through sweat and activities. Frequent reapplication is key to maintaining protection throughout the day.

Believe it or not, your face isn't the only area that needs sunscreen. Those often-neglected areas like the back of your neck, your ears, and even the tops of your feet need some SPF love too.

Part 2: Common Sunscreen Application Mistakes

As an aesthetic director, I often see clients who make common sunscreen application mistakes. Let me share some tips to help you get the most out of your sunscreen.

First, apply enough sunscreen – about a shot glass full for your entire body. Many people under-apply, leaving areas unprotected. Pay extra attention to easily missed spots like the backs of your hands, ears, and scalp if you have thinning hair.

Next, reapply sunscreen every two hours when outdoors, and immediately after swimming or sweating. The protection wears off over time. I’ve had clients who got sunburned because they thought their sunscreen was waterproof and didn’t reapply after swimming.

Lastly, apply sunscreen as the final step in your morning skincare routine. Some clients make the mistake of applying makeup or moisturizer on top, which can prevent the sunscreen from binding properly to the skin. A simple change in your routine can make a big difference.

Following these tips will help ensure you’re getting the full protection from your sunscreen. Don’t let simple mistakes undo all your efforts to protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging.

Benefits of Using Sunscreen on a Daily Basis (Table)

Here’s a table showing the benefits of using sunscreens on a daily basis:

An informative image on a dark green background, titled ‘Benefits of Using Sunscreen on a Daily Basis’. The image lists six benefits of using sunscreen: Skin Cancer Protection, Prevents Aging, Skin Barrier Maintenance, Sunburn Prevention, Reduces Skin Irritation, and Cloudy Day Protection, each with a corresponding description.
Benefits of Using Sunscreen on a Daily Basis
It's also a good idea to avoid direct sunlight during peak hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. This is especially so when it's always warm and sunny in Singapore.

Part 3: The Right Way to Apply Sunscreen

Applying sunscreen is more than just a step in your morning routine—it’s an essential skin care practice. Here are some tips to make sure you’re doing it right.

First, don’t skimp on the amount. A shot glass full for your body and a nickel-sized dollop for your face are good measures to follow. This ensures you’re getting enough coverage to truly protect your skin.

Make sure you’re covering all your bases—every part of your body that sees the sun needs protection. That means not forgetting areas like your ears, neck, and even the tops of your feet.

Timing is also crucial. Slapping on sunscreen as you step out isn’t enough. Apply it at least 15 minutes before going outside to let it fully bind to your skin, creating an effective shield.

Reapplication is key. Sunscreen isn’t a one-and-done deal; it needs to be reapplied every two hours, or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating a lot.

Lastly, while SPF makeup is great, it’s not a substitute for sunscreen. Always use a standalone sunscreen under your makeup for the best defense against the sun.

Getting sunscreen right can make a big difference in your skin’s health. Practice these steps for better protection. Here’s to keeping our skin safe and healthy in the sun!

Pop on a pair of sunglasses with UV protection to shield your eyes and the delicate skin around them. Look for shades that block 100% of UVA and UVB rays – your eyes will thank you

Part 4: Integrating Sunscreen into Your Daily Routine

Making sunscreen a part of your daily routine is like giving a gift to your future self. It’s not just a step in your skincare regimen; it’s a ritual for lasting, radiant health.

Here’s how to turn sunscreen application into a habit you’ll stick to:

Finding the right sunscreen is like choosing the perfect hat; it needs to fit just right. Consider your skin type and daily activities. There’s a formula out there for everyone, from water-resistant types for the swimmers to gentle ones for the sensitive skin crowd.

And remember, sunscreen is more than just burn prevention. It’s your frontline defense against the tell-tale signs of aging. Regular use can help you maintain youthful, vibrant skin. So, embrace it year-round, and let’s protect our skin every day!

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In my years in the aesthetics industry, I’ve seen how essential sunscreen is in everyone’s skincare routine. At Wellaholic, we’re all about sharing knowledge that makes a real difference in your skincare journey. And with sunscreen, applying it the right way can truly transform your skin’s health.

Every time you use sunscreen, think of it as a shield for your skin. Be generous with it, don’t miss any spot, and be punctual in applying it before you step out. Reapplication is key, especially on long days under the sun. And remember, while makeup with SPF is great, it’s just the cherry on top, not a substitute for sunscreen. Adopting these habits will not only protect your skin but also keep it looking young and healthy. Starting to apply sunscreen correctly is a step you’ll never regret taking for your skin.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

What is the difference between sunscreen and sunblock?

While both sunscreen and sunblock protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, they work in slightly different ways. Sunscreen absorbs UV rays and converts them into heat, which is then released from the skin. On the other hand, sunblock reflects the UV rays away from your skin. Choosing between them depends on your skin type and personal preference.

How does sun damage impact our skin, especially in Singapore’s weather?

Sun damage can lead to premature aging, skin discoloration, and in severe cases, skin cancer. In Singapore’s tropical weather, the UV index is generally high throughout the year, making it essential to use sun protection regularly.

Are there any specific sunscreens recommended for Singapore’s climate?

Yes, due to Singapore’s humid and hot climate, it is recommended to use a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Look for water-resistant formulas that won’t easily sweat off. Remember to reapply every 2 hours or immediately after sweating or swimming.

How does gold RF microneedling complement my sun protection routine?

Gold RF microneedling can be a great addition to your skincare routine. It helps in repairing sun damage by stimulating collagen production in your skin. However, the treatment makes your skin more sensitive to sunlight, so using a high SPF sunscreen is crucial post-treatment

What else can I do to protect my skin from UV radiation apart from applying sunscreen?

In addition to sunscreen, consider wearing protective clothing, sunglasses, and hats, especially during peak sun hours (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.). Regularly seek shade and stay indoors when the sun is at its strongest. Remember, it’s not just about applying sunscreen, it’s about a holistic approach to sun protection.

Is sunscreen necessary even if I spend most of my time indoors?

Yes, UV rays can penetrate windows, so even if you’re indoors, your skin is still exposed to UV radiation, especially if you’re near a window. Plus, the blue light emitted by electronic devices can also affect your skin. Therefore, using a sunscreen even while indoors is recommended.

With over 8 years of experience in the aesthetics industry, I am passionate about enhancing beauty and wellness through innovative, science-based approaches. As the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, I am committed to delivering exceptional services that are tailored to each client's unique needs. My expertise spans across advanced skincare treatments, body sculpting, hair removal services, and nutritional supplements, all aimed at helping clients achieve their personal best.

Serene Chiam, Aesthetic Director

Serene Chiam is the Aesthetic Director at Wellaholic, a well-known aesthetic chain in Singapore. She has more than ten years of experience in the aesthetics industry. With a Bachelor of Health Science (Aesthetics) and CIDESCO certifications, she expertly combines scientific knowledge with practical skills. Serene is known for her personalized approach to beauty, ensuring each Wellaholic client’s journey is unique and transformative. Her significant contributions have been pivotal in establishing Wellaholic’s reputation for excellence in aesthetic wellness.

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