The brand and type of sunscreen (cream, gel, lotion, spray) matter less than how you apply it. Studies have shown that people tend to apply too little sunscreen, so make sure you’re using generous amounts of the product. Proper application can be especially difficult with sprays.
Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to parts of your body that are easily overlooked such as your forehead, the top of your ears, around your eyes, the tops of your feet (depending on footwear) and under movable straps and waistbands.
Wearing cosmetics that contain sunscreen is a good way to help protect your skin on a day-to-day basis, Dr. Turek says, but you’ll want to use a stronger form of sunscreen if you plan to spend a lot of time outdoors.