Do I really need to wear sunscreen every day? Even in winter? When it’s raining? When I’m inside all day?
Sunscreen is your first line of defense against damaging UVA and UVB rays. Both mineral and chemical sunscreens work mainly by absorbing UV rays and converting them to a safe level of heat before they impact your skin.
UVA rays can penetrate windows and clouds, so even when you’re sitting in that office, in your car, on a plane—wear sunscreen!
Remember, skin exposed to UV is still amassing damage even if it is not darkening or reddening. There is no such thing as a safe tan (unless it’s a fake tan).
Still not convinced? Consider this: UV rays are the single biggest cause of premature aging. If you’re investing in skincare and diligently following a routine, don’t risk undoing your hard work. Wear sunscreen!
The best sunscreen for you is one you’re happy to use every day.
How do I find the one?
There are many, many options that can meet your sun protection needs. K-beauty sunscreens are renowned for their lightweight textures, but you can also find lovely options at the pharmacy. There are many amazing sources who dedicate their time to reviewing sunscreens for us—get started with these SPF reviews by @ms_hannah_e. Experiment to find a consistency and formula that works best with your skin and shoot for spf 30 or greater.
Cancer Council Australia states one full teaspoon is needed to effectively cover face, neck and ears—so don’t short yourself! Less is not more when it comes to SPF. To ensure continuous sun protection it’s best to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours, even when indoors.
Yeah, reapplying sunscreen every 2 hours is a lot. Shoot for 3x a day: before you leave in the morning, before your lunchbreak, and before you head home in the late afternoon. But hey, we’re human. Remembering to slather some on every morning and avoiding too much direct sun exposure is a great start.
Don’t I have SPF in my makeup already?
It’s not enough.
We simply cannot rely on the SPF in makeup alone. Remember the 1 full teaspoon requirement to achieve the stated SPF rating? You would have to apply an excessive amount of makeup to attain the SPF rating stated on the packaging. Not cute.
With current UV filter technologies there are many beautifully lightweight, moisturizer-like options available specifically designed for the face. These sunscreens are invisible alone or under makup and can even enhance the look and finish of your skin.