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Choosing The Right Sunscreen: What You Need to Know

Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Sunscreen. We know we need to use it but how many of us do on a consistent basis?  Although sunscreen should be worn throughout the year, now is a great time to talk about the importance of wearing sunscreen and what you need to know for choosing the right sunscreen as we head into the summer.

Wearing sunscreen protects the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays. These rays, which penetrate clouds, glass, and clothing are responsible for aging the skin (UVA) and burning the skin (UVB) which can lead to skin cancer. Regardless of your complexion, from the fairest to the deepest, everyone needs to make sure they add this step to their beauty/grooming routine.

Do you know if you are choosing the right sunscreen? What are the various factors?

Consider the following:

Physical vs Chemical Sunscreens.  Physical sunscreens are broad spectrum, which means they offer UVA/UBV protection. They contain active mineral ingredients of zinc oxide and titanium oxide and sit on top of the skin to deflect the sun’s rays. Physical sunscreens protect as soon as they are applied to the skin. There is concern about physical sunscreens leaving a white or lavender cast on deeper skin tones. However, formulas today are deep-skin-friendly and have a smoother application. Chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin to absorb the sun’s rays. Unlike physical sunscreens that are effective immediately, chemical sunscreens need 15-20 minutes to absorb into the skin to become effective. Chemical sunscreens can also cause irritation because more ingredients have to be combined to offer broad spectrum protection.

Sunscreen In Makeup/Skincare VS Separate SPF.  Many of your favorite products may contain some amount of sunscreen. That’s a great start. However, many of these products don’t contain a high enough SPF (between usually 10 – 25 SPF). Many people do not put enough product on their face to get protection. An SPF of 30 -50 is the recommended level of protection and should be re-applied every two hours. If you choose to use a separate sunscreen (recommended) choose one with a 50.  If you are pairing that with your favorite makeup that has an spf, keep in mind that you do not get a higher spf by combining the two. You get half the amount of spf protection. If your sunscreen is separate, it is the last step in your skincare routine, before you apply your primer.

Great for touching up throughout the daySupergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50.

Great for anti-aging benefitsAlgenist Sublime Defense Ultra Lightweight UV Defense Fluid SPF 50.

Great for eyes and lipsFresh Sugar Sport Treatment Sunscreen SPF 30.

Great for all skin types and skin tonesCover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30.

What factors do you consider when choosing the right sunscreen for your daily beauty routine?


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