We’ve finally got to a place where everyone knows wearing sunscreen is essential – no ifs or buts. It protects you from fine lines and wrinkles, dark spots, and most importantly, skin cancer. But since there’s more to it than just slapping it on, there are some things you should know before you can consider yourself SPF savvy. Get ready to level up your skin’s protection and keep that beautiful face of yours happy with our tips and tricks.

  1. Not All Sunscreens Protect You from UVA and UVB Rays

The sun emits two types of ultraviolet rays that can reach us here on earth: UVA and UVB. UVA rays can reach deep beneath the skin’s surface and cause long-term cell damage that we can’t see right away, including some types of skin cancer.

UVB rays can’t penetrate as far into the skin but can have instant effects such as sunburn and reddening that gives lobsters a run for their money. But on a more serious note, it’s UVB rays that go on to cause most skin cancers.

So, when choosing a sunscreen, make sure it protects against UVA and UVB rays – your future self will thank you for it.

  1. Let Your Sunscreen Soak in for 15 Minutes Before Applying Makeup

Since sunscreen can be seriously greasy, many people (including myself before I discovered this) avoid using it. But it doesn’t have to be this way! Not only do you need to give your sunscreen a sec to absorb into the skin to be effective, but it can also improve your makeup application.

Leaving it to soak into the skin for 15 minutes will help to get rid of oiliness and stop your makeup from sliding off your face throughout the day, especially in high temps.

  1. A Purebred Sunscreen Is Your Best Bet

We love multipurpose products just as much as the next low-maintenance girl does, but you want to avoid shortcuts when it comes to sunscreen.

A foundation or tinted moisturiser only includes a small amount of SPF and will need to be applied generously to make sure what it does have is spread evenly over your face, which most of us don’t do to avoid that heavy feeling on the skin.

For a healthy amount of coverage without wearing the entire bottle, opt for 100% sunscreen.

  1. Apply It Every Single Day, Whether You’re Inside or Outside

Yup, even when it’s hailing, drizzling, cloudy, snowy, – you get the idea. You’ll want to get friendly with sunscreen as up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays can still pass through the clouds, and with that big ol’ number in mind, you need to be applying it daily.

In fact, it’s actually more important that you wear sunscreen on the days you can’t feel the sun, as without that warmth on your skin, you won’t know when it’s time to step into the shade.

Did you know you don’t even have to be outside to be at risk of sun damage? UVB rays are mostly blocked by glass, but more than 50% of UVA rays can sneak through, so it’s a good idea to smother on the sunscreen whether you’re inside or outside – Every. Single. Day.