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How To Apply SPF The Right Way

Precious Sodimu
Writer and expert1 year ago
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Where were you and what were you doing when you found out you’ve been applying your {SPF} all wrong? Perhaps you were applying just the tiniest drop of SPF 2.5 once a day to your T-zone. While this sounds like an unbelievable beauty crime worth sanctioning, our Cult Beauty haven is a safe space where we don’t shame or scold, we educate.  

Wherever you are in the world, be it a hot, far-away island or sky-scraping city, your {skin care} regimen needs a trustworthy SPF and here’s our step-by-step guide showing you how to stay protected all day long. 


The most common and often forgotten rule of thumb (no pun intended) is the two-finger step. We hate to say it but a drop or two won’t do your skin any favours under the beating sunshine or even on a cloudy day. While it may feel like a thick coating, doctors, estheticians and specialists recommend this guide to keep your skin truly protected. Taking your desired sunscreen across your index and middle finger, you’re off to a brilliant start. 

Once just isn’t enough and with  Glow Recipe’s {Niacinamide Watermelon Glow Sunscreen}, who wouldn’t want to reapply? Forecasting all-day radiance and broad spectrum protection with a mineral-rich formula that oozes with fruity freshness, this must-try SPF could quite literally shun your others to shame. Cute, covetable — and you guessed it — creamier than ever, this light-as-air poolside pal rescues dull, pigmented skin in no time at all. Now, that’s an SPF we can trust. 

Meet your two-hour quota with The INKEY List’s top-trending {Polyglutamic Acid Dewy Sunscreen SPF 30} and make lightwork of the skin care commandment you dare not skip. Quenching the thirst of parched pores and boosting hydration with glycerin and squalane, this UVA and UVB protective formula makes for a non-greasy base that flatters all skin types (and we mean that)! 


Fear no more — ghoul-like white casts cease to exist with Caudalie’s {Vinosun Very High Protection Lightweight Cream} and that’s exactly what we love to see… or not. Featherlight yet deeply nourishing, this antioxidant-rich cream penetrates your skin with a vegan blend of reef safe ingredients which strengthen your delicate moisture barrier. Truly rubbing in your SPF essentially activates the broad spectrum protection that your skin craves.  


Often forgotten in the mix of serums, creams, masks and moisturisers, our necks are also just as important as faces. How great would it be if our necks soaked up the same surge of hydration courtesy of MALIN + GOETZ’S {SPF 30 Sunscreen High Protection}? Famed for their plethora of products dedicated to upscaling our at-home self care rituals to a spa-like status, this gel-cream formula is worthy of a spot in your SPF hall of fame. Gliding oil-balancing niacinamide conditioning vitamin E and non-nano zinc oxide across your skin for a skin-softening effect, this nourishing blend plumps up tired skin in ways you wouldn’t believe. Cue: youth-boosting skin in 3, 2, 1… 


One thing about UVA/UVB rays — it has no favourites and your lips are free game. The days of leaving your lips to fend for themselves while your skin sits smugly protected under SPF are o-v-e-r. Enter: Ultra Violette’s {Sheen Screen Hydrating Lip Balm SPF50}, a shine-boosting and sun-protective shield that leaves your lips looking and feeling as supple as ever. 

The best part? It’s powered by nourishing cacao seed and shea butters and boasting a sweet-smelling vanilla scent and all it takes is swift glide to soak up optimal coverage! 


Now the question remains — what’s going to be your glow-to? 

Precious Sodimu
Writer and expert
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Precious is a Midweight Copywriter at Cult Beauty. Sticking her teeth into all things make up and skin care, Precious is always on the hunt for products that work perfectly together (while remaining loyal to her can’t-do-without staples). Like most beauty devotees, Precious doesn’t go a day without her trusted SPF 50+ and is a self-proclaimed fragrance-phile. Away from the vanity mirror, Precious can be found sat with a good book (probably by her favourite author, Toni Morrison) or nurturing her nostalgia with a quality animated film – namely Shrek.