Incorporating daily sunscreen into your normal skincare routine is important. When used correctly, sunscreen does a great job in protecting you from a short-term sunburn, keeping your skin healthy and free from both redness and itchiness. The risk of dangerous skin cancer and premature ageing of the skin is also significantly reduced with regular use of sunscreen.
Many people don’t know that sunscreen is necessary even when you don’t want to sunbathe, or even when you’re just staying inside all day. The dangerous UV rays easily reach you while you’re driving to work, sitting by a desk with a large window close by or simply when you’re going for lunch to a nearby restaurant. Remember to apply sunscreen also on cloudy days and in the dark winter months!
Here are our steps to achieving a healthy, step-by-step sun protection
The first step in any skincare routine should be cleansing. This is naturally done before you apply sunscreen. Unless you’re using a sunblock, your sun protection product of choice should be applied a bit before you step outside – it takes about 15 minutes before you’re protected after applying. Make sure you cover exposed skin, such as ears, neck and upper chest, as well as arms and legs in case you’re wearing short sleeves.
When protecting your face, make sure you let the sunscreen absorb properly into your skin before applying any other products. This is a good way to ensure that different care products don’t mix or cause an allergic reaction. Once your skin has absorbed the sun protection product of your choice, you can apply makeup as usual.
Especially if you spend a part of your day outside, or if you sweat a lot, it is essential to reapply every two hours. For reapplying sunscreen, it isn’t necessary to remove your makeup – applying on top of foundation and any other face products is fine. An easy way of reapplying is using a spray-on sunscreen, or an easy, mess-free sunscreen stick.
The best sunscreen routine for you is dependent on your skin as well; a lower SPF is enough for a darker skin tone. It is sometimes difficult to know whether you applied enough sunscreen, but choosing a high SPF will compensate for too thin a layer of sunscreen.
A stress-free sunscreen routine with IONIQ
A sunscreen routine doesn’t have to take a lot of time or be a complicated process. Contrary to popular belief, sunscreen is easy to combine with makeup. The key is letting your sunscreen absorb properly after cleansing, and then you apply your makeup normally. To learn more about protecting your skin from the sun, download our IONIQ Skincare app. In it, you’ll find plenty of personalised skincare tips and tricks that will help you take good care of your skin!