How To Contour With Sunscreen


Applying sunscreen just to the high points of your face, where the sun is most likely to hit, is the latest craze sweeping the internet. It's easy to accomplish at home, and all you'll need is:

Not to do that! Doctors still haven't changed their opinion on how much sunscreen you should be applying daily. (It's 1/2 teaspoon for your face and neck, it's been 1/2 teaspoon for your face and neck, and it will continue to be 1/2 teaspoon for your face and neck!) The American Academy of Dermatology estimates that, in their daily applications, most folks are already using about half the amount of sunscreen they really need to be properly protected from the sun. So when in doubt, use a lot—apply SPF all over your face, and once that layer's dried down, do the whole thing again. It can also be helpful to measure out the right amount by squeezing your sunscreen allllll down the length of your middle and index fingers, as if they're hotdogs. You can't choose where you get sun damage, but you can be a responsible sunscreen user. (And if you really want a contour that lasts, try applying sunless-tanning mousse with a fluffy brush. Ah, the internet! She taketh and she giveth.)

—Ali Oshinsky

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