Sunscreen in Real Time

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 … Continue Reading…

Sunscreen:How Much is Too Much, Part 2

This is what one tablespoon of sunscreen looks like on my face. 

One of my biggest concerns  when using sunscreen  has been wearing make-up over it.  Not infrequently foundation, powder or blush would turn dark and orangy when applied over  sunscreen  covered skin.  Looking at this  photo,  I can’t imagine where I could actually put the  make-up.   Clearly  this one tablespoon idea is not something too many experts have actually tried out.

Moving on, I measured out one teaspoon of sunscreen and  started to put it on my face.  Starting near my eyes, I applied the sunscreen to the sides of my nose and  smoothed it out over  my chin and cheeks– and there it sat.  And sat. Rather than looking like fluffy frosting, … Continue Reading…

Sunscreen: How much is too much?

How much sunblock  do you use on your face?  Most experts recommend one tablespoon for the face and two tablespoons for the whole  body.  I measured out  one tablespoon of a favorite sunblock  and dumped it on a saucer.  Then I started to apply it to my skin. At first  things were working normally.  As I applied it,  my skin was happy to absorb it.   Then as I applied more and more,  it started to pile up on the surface until it looked like frosting. ( or clown paint). 

It certainly makes you wonder how the “experts” came up with their recommendations.  Did any of them ever actually try out this quantity  before issuing the one tab guideline.  Seriously!  Not only did I look  like Bozo the Clown, my skin began to burn and itch.  I was so uncomfortable, I was gritting my teeth until I could take the shot and  rush to wash it off.

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Sunscreen Follies

How much sunscreen  do you use on your face?  A dab or two on your cheeks and forehead?  A nickel-sized blob?  I have often read that experts recommend  using one tablespoon on the face and two tablespoons for the body.  Last week while I was making Linzer cookies, I was measuring out butter and one tablespoon looked like a pretty big lump to apply to  my face.  It got me thinking.  I know that butter is 100% fat so perhaps a creamy lotion would absorb more easily.  I squeezed out a tablespoon of my favorite sunscreen and dumped it on a saucer.  As you can see from the photo, its quite an impressive puddle of cream.

In the name of science ( and beauty)  I applied  it to my face– … Continue Reading…