Having my career in the skincare industry and working in dermatology for 15 years, I cannot stress enough the importance of wearing your SPF (Sun Protection Factor) daily!
You can use all the best high-end skincare, and it won't matter if you are not protecting your skin.
Not only will it protect from sunburns, but sunscreen is also essential in maintaining overall health and the appearance of your skin. Sunscreen prevents sunburn, skin cancer, and premature aging. No matter your skin tone or what the weather is. Don't think that if it's overcast that you don't need to wear it. Up to 80% of the sun's rays can pass through the clouds on a cloudy day. You should apply daily all year round, even in the winter months.
The number one reason you should wear SPF is cancer prevention. Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer in the US. By applying SPF each day, you cut your risks of contracting skin cancers in half. If that's not reason enough for you, then read on.
UV exposure accounts for most signs of visible aging. Sun damage is uneven skin tone, dark spots, rough texture, fine lines, and wrinkles. We all want beautiful, healthy, and clear skin. The answer above all skincare products is SPF and NO tanning beds.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone wear Broad Spectrum protection (protects against UVA and UVB rays), SPF 30 or higher, and water resistance.
UVA Rays (or aging rays) can prematurely age your skin, causing wrinkles and age spots and pass-through window glass.
UVB Rays (or burning rays) are the primary cause of sunburn.
How to Choose?
Make sure it is one that you will wear daily and is broad spectrum. We came a long way in the world of sunscreens being white and chalky. You can find them for any skin type, acne-prone, oily, dry, and sensitive skin.
For acne-prone skin, opt for a formula that is lightweight, oil-free, and non-comedogenic. This will help your skin stay clear while offering protection. Sun exposure can cause your acne scars to become darker, so be sure to apply SPF to prevent that from happening. Elta MD Clear is a great option, backed by dermatologists and proven to keep breakouts away.
Struggling to find an SPF that doesn't irritate your sensitive skin? The market is growing every day, catering to more skin types; it's no longer hard to find the right one for you. You want to look for physical blocking sunscreen with zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and most are labeled for sensitive skin. A personal favorite of mine is ISDIN Eryfotona Actinica Ultra-light SPF 50. It offers robust protection and contains DNA repairsomes ®, ingredients that also help reverse previous sun damage. It's lightweight and blends easily into the skin. They also make a tinted version which I even opt for most days.
Wondering how often you're supposed to reapply? You're supposed to be reapplying every two hours if you're wearing makeup or are on the go. Opt for a powder SPF. You can get a mineral powder SPF that comes in a brush; how easy is that. Throw in your purse, beach bag, or in your car. Try Colorescience Sunforgettable Brush-on Shield SPF 50. Another option is sunbetter TONE SMART SPF 68 Sunscreen Compact by Skinbetter Science. Broad-spectrum protection in a tone-adapting compact and 100% mineral.
Keep your skin healthy and prevent sun damage by applying your SPF every day! Your skin will thank you