Gwyneth Paltrow’s Viral Sunscreen Video: Experts Recommend that you NOT do this
If you don’t keep up with what’s going on in the skincare world, you might have missed the video that’s got all skin professionals taking to the Internet to share their thoughts. On March 30th, Gwyneth Paltrow was featured in a video on Vogue’s YouTube channel, showing her guide to everyday skincare and wellness.
About 5 minutes into the video, Gwyneth does something that has caused some severe backlash from many skin experts and YouTube commentators.
She states in the video, “I’m not a head-to-toe slatherer of sunscreen, but I like to put some on my nose and where the sun hits,” and then proceeds to add sunscreen to her face sparingly, similar to how you would apply highlighter to your face.
Why is this causing so much backlash?
The reason the Internet is in a rage over this video is because the information Gwyneth is sharing to millions of people is dangerous. Not only is sunscreen great for anti-aging and the prevention of discoloration, it also protects against skin cancer, which is why it is a must for every skincare routine.
But it is equally important to know the correct way to apply it.
So what is the correct way to apply sunscreen?
Dermatologists recommend using approximately ½ teaspoon of sunscreen to cover the face and neck, and your sunscreen should be at least an SPF 30 and broad spectrum, protecting against both UVA and UVB rays. It is best to reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.
Although the sunscreen Gwyneth uses in the video is an SPF 30, since she did not apply the correct amount, experts have determined its usage is closer to an SPF of 3, making it pretty useless as a defense against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
“Sunscreen is only effective if enough of it is applied,” Marisa Garshick, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, stated in an Instagram post. “To be clear, it is not meant to be a sprinkle on the nose and cheeks. Even the EWG (as is referenced in the video) highlights one of the biggest mistakes with sunscreen is not applying enough of it.”
After applying the sunscreen to her face, Gwyneth then added moisturizer on top of it. It is recommended that sunscreen be the last step of your skincare routine to not dilute the SPF. Apply your moisturizer first, and then follow up with your sunscreen.
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Our biggest takeaways
You should be prioritizing sunscreen in your routine. A skincare routine is pointless if your skin is not protected from the harmful rays that the sun emits. But it is also important to remember that you need to add a generous amount to the sun so that it is effective.
Always Make sure you apply the correct amount, about half a teaspoon, to the entire face, neck, and the back of your hands.