You probably know the sun protection drill for days spent outdoors at sunny places like the beach or the pool: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher and reapply every 2 hours.

Alas, most days aren't a day at the beach. Most days, you're simply trudging to work or school or running errands. No matter what your day-to-day duties, it's important to fit sun protection into your getting-ready routine.

Start by choosing the right products.
For daily use, choose a moisturizer that contains a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher. When you apply your moisturizer, don't neglect your neck, ears, and upper chest. The delicate skin around your eyes may require a gentler formulation, so be on the lookout for an eye cream that contains sunscreen. Scan moisturizer labels to look for the best sun protection ingredients: Zinc oxide, avobenzone, or ecamsule (also known as terephthalylidene dicamphor sulfonic acid) combined with octocrylene and avobenzone. You can boost your chances of keeping your skin safe by also opting for a foundation with SPF of 8 to 15.

Apply your makeup in the right order for optimum sun protection.
Depending on your cosmetics routine, you may be applying layers of different products. In what order should you apply it all?

First off, do you also apply any type of medication to your face to treat acne, psoriasis, or another skin condition? If so, it should always be applied first. Next comes moisturizer, since it can help medication to better penetrate the skin. If you will be out in the sun most of the day and are also applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen, do this step next. Next, apply your foundation, blush, and other makeup. You can even top it all off with a brush of powder, which may help to hold moisturizer and sunscreen in place throughout the day.

Don't forget your lips!
The skin on your lips is quite thin and vulnerable to sun damage. Provide a layer of lip protection, either in the form of an opaque lipstick or a lip balm with SPF of 30 or higher. Avoid shiny, glossy lipsticks since these products can actually attract the sun's damaging UV rays to your lips.

Steps to your sun protection makeup routine:

  • Apply any topical medication to your face.
  • Use a moisturizer with SPF of 30 or higher.
  • If necessary, follow up with broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF of 30 or higher.
  • Top off your look using a foundation with SPF of 8 to 15, along with a brush of powder to seal in the sun protection benefits.