Hi dolls! This week I’ve decided to give you guys the low-down on all things sunscreen- and why you should wear it. (A real quick fun-fact about me, I went to school for Esthetics which is skincare & makeup! Hence the balance between makeup & skincare articles) Sunscreen is a necessity, NOT an option.
When it comes to skincare, sunscreen is THE single-handedly most important step to take in your routine for both your face & body. Now I know what you’re thinking, “But sunscreen makes me oily!” “I always forget!” “They’re so expensive!” Well I’m here to give you the solution to those problems.
Sunscreen absorbs & reflects ultraviolet radiation from excessive sun exposure, which in turn protects & prevents the skin from absorbing those rays and burning. To give you a quick breakdown, there are three different UV rays: UVA, UVB, and UVC. Thankfully, we only have to worry about two of those rays as UVC rays are blocked by the ozone layer and do not reach the earth’s surface. UVA rays are shorter waves, more constant year-round and penetrate deeper into the skin’s layers but absorbs less; this means they are very harmful & contribute to burning, premature aging of the skin, and the development of certain forms of skin cancer. UVB rays are longer waves & the primary cause of sunburns, premature aging of the skin and the development of skin cancer as they do not penetrate as deep into the skin’s layers but are absorbed more which allows for excess harm.
In short, you always need to wear sunscreen & make it a habit. When looking for a sunscreen that’s right for you, always, ALWAYS find a sunscreen that is broad spectrum and at least SPF 30- this will ensure you are well protected from both UVB and UVA rays. Some makeup products have SPF in them but do not depend on them for all your sun protection, it could wear off throughout the day so wear a sunscreen underneath your makeup as well. Here I have compiled & categorized all of the top sunscreens for all concerns you may have.
For Basic Sun Protection:
Supergoop! Everyday Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 50
~oil-free, high-performance, water-resistant, provides nourishing anti-aging benefits, moisturizes AND protects.
~aids in the prevention of free radicals and oxidative damage as well as photoaging, no whitecast, non-irritating
~anti-aging, oil-free, non-comedogenic, gentle, good for all skin types.
~clear, anti-aging benefits, non-aerosol, nourishes, repairs, and hydrates the skin.
~hydrates, vitamin e, smooths & softens, 80 minutes water-resistant.
~vitamin e to combat free radical damage, water-resistant, moisturizing.
For Oily Skin Concerns:
Shiseido Urban Environment Oil-Free UV Protector Broad Spectrum SPF 42 For Face
~ultra-light, oil-free, controls excess sebum(oil) production, absorbs quickly & functions as a primer when worn under makeup.
For Whitecast Concerns:
~clear, water-gel formula, non-greasy, zero whitecast, antioxidant complex.
~functions as an antiaging treatment, primer and invisible SPF, protects while combating signs of aging.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Face Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 60 + Antioxidants
~no white cast, antioxidant rich, suitable for sensitive skin, matte finish.
Sun Protection For The Lips:
Sun Bum Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm
~aloe vera & vitamin e nourishes & protects, comes in several flavors.
~soothes, protects, & hydrates the lips, antioxidant-rich, can be worn alone or underneath lip products.
Are YOU wearing your sunscreen?
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Author: Grace Michelle
Grace Michelle, is a pro-makeup artist and a very talented one at that. She resides in Buffalo, NY with her family and loves all things makeup and beauty related. You can find her articles here discussing anything beauty and makeup related (trends, tips, and more!) Follow along with her @gracemichellle on IG.