If the scorching sun and sweat are already getting to you, we don’t blame you. With temperatures soaring across the country, it is important that you take care of your skin, which is directly exposed to the sun and bears the full brunt of it as you step outside every day in this season. Some of the most recommended tips for skin protection in summer are: wearing sunscreen, covering your head with a wide-brimmed hat, covering your face with a scarf, using an umbrella, wearing sunglasses and avoiding direct exposure to sunlight during the peak sunny hours during the daytime.

Applying sunscreen is and should be one of the most essential steps in your beauty regimen every morning. Sunscreens have been known to protect our skin against the harsh UVA and UVB rays of the skin which are responsible for skin cancer, accelerating ageing of the skin, pigmentation, dark spots, tanning and making the skin look dull. But do you know if you are using your sunscreen effectively? Here are some sunscreen tips that you must follow:

Your sunscreen should have Sun Protection Factor (SPF) 30 or above: You may have come across the term ‘SPF’ on sunscreen bottles. What exactly does 30 SPF mean? According to celebrity dermatologist Dr Rashmi Shetty, SPF 30 offers protection for 300 minutes (1 SPF= protection for 10 minutes). So this means that for a usual day out in the sun, a sunscreen of SPF 30 should suffice for most of us.

Wear sunscreen even if your other cosmetics claim to have SPF: Nothing can replace a good sunscreen. Even if you want to wear makeup, or use a foundation, BB cream or a CC cream, ensure that you are putting a layer of sunscreen first for the best protection.

A single application of sunscreen is not enough: In summers, you tend to sweat a lot. Your skin can also get excessively oily. Besides, some of us have a habit of regularly touching or wiping our faces. All this can wipe the sunscreen off our skin. This is why you need to reapply sunscreen every 3-4 hours.

Do not forget to put sunscreen all over exposed skin: Your face is not the only skin surface that is going to suffer sun damage. All exposed parts of your body need protection. Use a cooling sunscreen lotion and apply it liberally all over your body on clean skin after taking a bath. This will help the sunscreen get absorbed into your skin and form a protective layer.