Should I use a spray or sunscreen for my face?

Sunscreen has a sunscreen effect. Accordingly, some people think that the form of use is not really important. However, the fact that it is recommended to use sprays or sunscreens for the skin of the face can affect the ability to achieve effectiveness from use, the level of coverage on the skin and even the actual protection that can be received. Let's find out if the form of using sunscreen spray or applying is better for the skin of the face.

1. Forms of using sunscreen

Most sunscreens are presented in the form of a cream or spray.

In it, choose a topical sunscreen that will have the same use as using any other moisturizer or lotion. In particular, users need to apply the cream for at least 20 minutes before going outdoors so that the sunscreen in time comes into play. At this time, the tool needed to carry out the application of the cream is simply its own fingers.

In contrast, spray sunscreens are increasingly popular instead because of their easy-to-use, more convenient properties, especially parents who need to quickly apply sunscreen to their children before they run out. The use of spray sunscreen is very easy, just spray a little on each area of the exposed body parts in a second or two and this will quickly be completed. Spray sunscreen is more added than topical sunscreen because it does not leave stains on the hands and avoids greasy film on the skin after application.

2. Spray sunscreen versus topical sunscreen: Which one to choose for the skin of the face?

The role of sunscreen does not need to be in doubt in the daily essential skin care procedure. If there is a step not to be missed in skin care in general, it is sunscreen. Sunscreen protects the skin from harmful sun rays UVA and UVB. If exposed to too much exposure to these harmful ultraviolet rays will quickly damage the skin and lead to the formation of wrinkles, freckling spots and skin cancer. Since this is an important step in skin care with many forms of sunscreen options available on the market, between spray sunscreen versus topical sunscreen, which one to choose for the face is really something to worry about.

First, regardless of whether it is a topical sunscreen or a spray, users need to make sure that they are using one with SPF 30 and SPF 50+ on large sunny days. Besides, although topical sunscreen can take longer each time to use, this form is believed to be able to ensure better coverage on the skin so it will be more suitable for areas that need more thoughtful care such as facial skin.

Choose sunscreen

Whether you choose a spray sunscreen or apply it, you should pay attention to the SPF

On the other hand, when applying topical sunscreen, by rubbing on the skin by hand until evenly absorbed, the cream will absorb completely into the skin instead of simply creating a thin coating on the surface as a spray. At the same time, some spray sunscreens may contain alcohol; therefore, for sensitive skin such as facial skin, users should avoid alcohol when in contact with the skin, so topical sunscreen will prove more dominant. Indeed, the use of topical sunscreen is the traditional way of showing greater protection and less irritation. However, spray sunscreen can still become the right choice if you only need to spray on the skin in a sufficient amount and then continue to apply it evenly on the skin, to all areas of the skin that want to be protected as if applying the applicable type.

3. How to use spray sunscreen effectively

If you have chosen to use a spray sunscreen, your dermatologist suggests some safe and effective instructions for use for the skin as follows:

  • Avoid use for children: Because children are at increased risk of accidentally inhaling spray sunscreen or moving to deliberately spray it in the face. If you have no choice, put a sufficient amount of sunscreen on your child's hands first and apply it to your child's skin.
  • Always remember to use the cream before going to the sun for 15 to 30 minutes: Even if the spray sunscreen offers greater convenience than the topical form, users still need to use it before going out for a certain period of time. This allows the sunscreen to have time to interact with the skin. At the same time, repeated use of the cream after a while, usually at least once every two hours, and after swimming or exercising, is also essential to achieve optimal skin protection effect.
  • Do not spray directly on the face: This increases the likelihood of inhalation of potentially dangerous components. Instead, spray some sunscreen on your hands and then rub them evenly on your skin with your fingers.
  • Spray on the skin widely: A limitation of spray sunscreen is that it is difficult for users to recognize the area and amount of cream to use on their skin. The dermatologist's advice is to spray for at least 10 seconds to achieve optimal coverage on one hand, one leg or back or the front of your torso.
  • Re-apply the cream on the skin after spraying: This helps to ensure the skin has a even coating and does not miss any points.

Choose sunscreen

You should not let your child use spray sunscreen
  • Do not use aerosols on windy days: The wind will miss the areas of skin that also need contact when spraying the cream or increase the risk of accidental inhalation of the cream.
  • Do not use aerosols near flames: Spray sunscreen usually contains flammable pushers when used near a flame.
  • Do not forget about other sun protection measures: Wearing a wide-brimmed hat, wearing a thick shirt and wearing sunglasses, resting in the shade is to avoid missing even if you have used sunscreen.

In summary, choosing sunscreen suitable for the skin and also the use, the form of use requires certain knowledge. In particular, spray sunscreen is very quick and easy to use but most people will not apply the necessary amount and it is not suitable when choosing to use as a sunscreen for the face. However, if you have chosen to use a spray sunscreen, make sure to use it properly, especially for children, so that this product really promotes the same skin protection effect as products using the usual way of applying.

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About: Minh Quynh

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