Few tips to understanding sunscreens and the best ones to use
With us all being stuck in at the moment, the tendency to let that beauty routine slip is at an all-time high. The first for me is, that I completely took my sunscreen products out of my daily routine. My thought was that, if I’m not going outside then why do I need to use it?
Something then caught my attention online, you can get sun damage from the windows in your house! Well, this caused red flags for me. I’d not been using my sunscreen for a month! My mind was racing. The thought that I had been damaging my skin without even knowing about it terrified me. I know that this information might have been known by many but for me, I thought you only really needed to wear it when going outside, in particular when it is sunny but I was so wrong!
So let’s talk about facts:
Here is the reality, you have to use sunscreen/SPF every day. Come rain or shine that sunscreen has got to be on. This is all down to Ultraviolet Rays. The rays cause damage to your skin and can result in skin cancer. These rays never take a day off, even when it is cloudy so now you can’t neither. Ultraviolet rays can cause wrinkles, loss of firmness in your skin, dullness and uneven pigmentation. All sounds horrible, doesn’t it?
But don’t worry, even if you have never worn it before or you regularly forget to, it’s okay. When it comes to skincare it is never too late to start helping your skin and protecting it.
These days there are so many brilliant products out there that you are going to feel spoilt for choice. There are many that will make your skin feel amazing while protecting it. it is a win-win situation. This means a sticky white cast on your face is now a thing of the past.
When picking out a sunscreen you need to be thinking about these four main areas:
All sunscreens should be labelled like this. Meaning that the product will cover your skin against UVA and UVB rays. If it doesn’t have broad-spectrum don’t buy it, as it will not protect your face against UVA and UVB.
This means that the protection you have on your skin will work when in water for a specified amount of time.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF)
The protection factor is all about what level of protection is provided for your skin. For every day wear an SPF 15 or 30 is recommended.
It is worth noting when looking for a new sunscreen whether the active ingredients are chemical or physical. Physical sunscreens contain ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide which provide your skin with a physical barrier that protects against UV rays. Physical sunscreens are the only ones that are considered safe to use. As mentioned before there are chemical sunscreens but my advice is to avoid them altogether and stick with physical active ingredients. Why go through the trouble of buying a sunscreen, applying it daily for it to not provide the correct protection for your skin.
Here’s my picks:
With this in mind, here are 4 brilliant sunscreen products which have a range of different skin concerns that they address so there is one to suit everyone. I will even include one of my favourite products too which I highly recommend for sensitive skin.
- Ultrasun Face SPF 30 (50ml £22, 100ml £33)
This is the product I highly recommend for us sensitive skin gals. It is fragrance-free, water-resistant and helps to prevent sun allergies. Not only does this amazing product protect your face from rays but it is also a really good moisturiser. It absorbs fast into your skin and doesn’t feel sticky at all. It can be used on your face, neck and décolleté. This fab product also protects your face against blue light. This product is an all-round winner for me!
Buy it here
- Kielh’s Ultra Facial Cream SPF 30 (50ml £26, 125ml £47)
This popular skincare brand have updated their inventory and are now offering their most popular face product with UVA and UVB protection. This moisturiser is said to make your skin look smooth and healthier looking. Who doesn’t want that? It is said to have a light texture to it which protects the skin against even the harshest of weather conditions. This product is said to be perfect for those of us who have dry skin as this product will have you covered for 24 hours!
Buy it here
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios Anti Shine SPF 50+ (50ml, £17.50
This sunscreen is said to be perfect for those who have oily or blemish-prone skin. It is said to be a light-weight, mattifying product which provides high protection that is non-greasy and melts into the skin. It is said to be water-resistant, anti-shine and prevents acne breakouts post-sun-exposure. This product looks to be oily skins best friend!
Buy it here
- Dermatologica Invisible Physical Defence SPF 30 (50ml, £49)
This product is said to be weightless and blends easily onto all skin tones. It states that it will protect your skin from UVA. UVB and blue light. It uses antioxidants to defend the skin from free radical damage. Plus. this product is cruelty-free! It also contains no artificial colours or fragrances. It’s a product which looks to be worth its high price tag.
Buy it here
See you soon,
Shannon Leigh xx
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