Now that sun filled days are here, I am wondering how much sunscreen do I really need to use. Many expert recommend one tablespoon for the face and a total of two tablespoons for both face and body. To test it out, I measured out one tablespoon of sunblock and dumped it on a small plate. Then I went to work, dabbing it on my checks, nose, and chin. I avoided my bang covered forehead. At first, things went fine. My skin seemed very happy with the extra moisture of the sunscreen. But as I applied more and more, it started to pile up on the surface until it looked like frosting — or clown make-up.
One of my biggest concerns when using sunscreen has been wearing make-up over it. Not infrequetly, foundation, powder or blush would turn dark and orangy when applied over sunscreen treated skin. Looking at this photo, I can’t imagine where I would actually put the make-up. Clearly this one tablespoon idea is not something that too many experts have personally tried out.
Other experts are suggesting a teaspoon or nickel size blob of sunblack for the face. Moving on, I measured out one teaspoon of sunscreen and started to put it on my face. Starting near my eyes, I applied the cream to the sides of my nose and smoothed it over my chin and cheeks– and there it sat. And sat. Rather than looking like frosting, it was more like mime make-up– a hard look to carry off. I decided to see how long it would take to absorb. After about 30 minutes, I still looked a bit shiny but no longer like a mime wanna be. I tissued off the excess and brushed on some mineral make-up. It turned a bit darker, but not something anyone else would notice.
Maybe I’ve got a smaller than average face or my skin is not dry enough to absorb that much product, but one tablespoon for the face is ridonkulous. One teaspoon seems reasonable, if I allow 30 minutes for absorption. How much sunscreen do you use on your face? Any appliction tips? I’ve worked hard to erase years of sun aging and I want to keep those gains. Any suggestions?