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How to Use Sunscreen: Finding the Best SPF for Your Skin Type & More!

Unlock the secrets of sunscreen from our team of experts, whether you're a seasoned sunscreen user or someone who’s avoided it out of fear of missing your glowy summer tan. We’re here to debunk common sunscreen myths so you can protect your skin while still enjoying fun in the sun all year long. 

With our wealth of knowledge on selecting the perfect SPF, we can ensure you still achieve a glowing tan with the protection of sunscreen, and so much more!


What is Sunscreen and How Does it Work?

Sunscreen is a powerful topical product meticulously crafted to shield your skin from the sun's harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. It features a blend of active ingredients that work harmoniously to either absorb, scatter, or reflect UV radiation, acting as a barrier to shield your skin from potential sun damage.


Who Should Wear Sunscreen?

Sunscreen is a non-negotiable must-have for everyone! Yes, we mean everyone. Regardless of your age, skin tone, or texture, sunscreen is an indispensable ally in your journey for both radiant and healthy skin, ensuring you stay sun-kissed without the harmful consequences.

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When to Wear Sunscreen

Effectively protecting your skin goes beyond just which sunscreen you use, but when you use it. Luckily, the UV index is a valuable tool that helps us understand and navigatethe sun's powerful, and at times harmful, rays. Contrary to what many may assume, even on a chilly winter’s day or when the sun is hidden behind clouds– sunscreen is always a necessity.

  • Wear Sunscreen at the Beach

    Beach babes, don't forget to reapply your SPF! While the glimmering waters may look beautiful, they intensify the reflection of UV rays increasing your sun exposure.
  • Wear Sunscreen at High Altitude

    As you rise to lofty heights and the atmosphere thins, be prepared to face the heightened UV radiation.
  • Wear Sunscreen in the Winter

    While you’re walking in a winter wonderland, don’t forget your sunscreen! Even on cold days, the snow can reflect UV rays leading to increased exposure.
  • Wear Sunscreen Even with a Hat

    You look chic, but you’re not fully protected from the sun’s reach. Plus, SPF is the perfect accessory to any outfit! 


What Does SPF Mean and Which SPF Should I Choose?

SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, indicating how well a sunscreen protects your skin from UVB rays. When looking for proper protection, keep in mind that higher SPF numbers provide more protection, but the difference between SPF 30 and SPF 50 is not necessarily significant. 

  • SPF 15

    Low protection, suitable for days with minimal sun exposure.
  • SPF 30

    Moderate protection, suitable for extended outdoor activities.
  • SPF 50+

    Maximum protection, suitable for those with fair complexions, or for prolonged sun exposure.

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Choosing the Best Face Sunscreen Ingredients

When selecting a sunscreen, it’s important to consider your skin type and any skin sensitivities.

  • Breakout-Prone Skin

    Use a water-based sunscreen to prevent clogged pores and oil buildup.
  • Sensitive Skin

    Use a mineral sunscreen that contains zinc oxide or titanium dioxide for gentle protection.
  • Oily Skin

    Use a non-comedogenic sunscreen that won't clog pores or contribute to excess oil.


How to Apply Sunscreen in Your Skincare Routine

  • Cleanse and Tone Your Skin

    Start with a clean canvas to ensure proper and even sunscreen application.
  • Hydrate

    Utilize a moisturizer to boost your skin's barrier function and hydration.
  • Apply Sunscreen Generously

    Use ample sunscreen to cover all exposed areas. Don't be shy about the amount you apply.
  • Apply Makeup

    Wait a few minutes after applying sunscreen before putting on makeup, or utilize a SPF primer or tinted sunscreen for added protection. For a pop of color that doesn’t come from a burn, try a tinted lip cream!

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Re-Applying Sunscreen

Sunscreen wears off over time, so it's best to re-apply every two hours or more frequently if you're sweating or swimming. If you're concerned about messing up your make up, try a powder or mist with SPF.

After-Sun Care

After sun exposure, it's essential to care for your skin to help it recover:


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Want more tips & tricks? Check out our article: How to Soothe a Sunburn with At-Home Ingredients 

Stay glowing, never burnt! 

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