Even though Summer is over, it’s super duper important to continue wearing your sunscreen! If you are new to skincare, you need to realize that the most important part is SUNSCREEN. Even if you’re wearing a moisturizer and foundation over it, you still need sun protection. Personally, I don’t believe that having a foundation with sunscreen in it is enough. In fact, there are many studies that recommend wearing an additional form of sun protection under your make up and reapplying every 80 minutes. While it may seem like an extra step or even daunting… do not worry!! I am here to help!!
Please please please take care of your skin. Protect it from the sun and other free radicals. It’s the only skin you have! Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ?? It is irreplaceable, so please care for it. Wear it when you are inside, outside, in the dark, and in the light. Everyday! I admit that I occasionally forget to apply but I find that having a travel sized bottle in my bag always comes in handy.
The first category of sunscreen is mineral sunscreens (aka physical sunscreen), made of zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Zinc oxide is a mineral that effectively blocks all parts of the UV spectrum, including ultraviolet A (UVA) and B (UVB) radiation. Titanium dioxide works to block and filter UV rays that can cause sunburns. Personally, I prefer mineral based sun protection because it is a lot gentler on sensitive skin, which is less likely to cause irritation.
The second category of sunscreen is chemical sunscreens, made up of avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone. These absorb the UV rays, convert it into heat, and release it from the skin. Chemical sunscreens are a better option if you are swimming and need waterproof protection, or sweat a lot. However, there are negatives to chemical sunscreens, including it being banned in some states and countries. The ingredients may potentially be more irritating to the skin so I personally do not use it! However, if it works for you, then great :).
What to look for when choosing a sunscreen
- Protection from UVA + UVB rays, broad spectrum
- SPF of 30 or higher
- Ease of application
- Does not make skin feel like you just slabbed butter on your face (although I wouldn’t mind, yum!)
- Paraben, oil, fragrance, alcohol free
- Noncomedogenic, meaning it won’t clog pores
- No white cast, non drying
Let’s talk about my personal favorite sunscreens! I am a huge fan of Elta MD and Skinbetter sunscreens! I have tried SO many types of sunscreens and I truly stand by their products. Elta MD’s line is massive! They have a different type of sunscreen for every skin tone and type. I appreciate it when brands are transparent about what ingredients go into their products, which is why I love Elta MD. They list each one of their ingredients on their products so you don’t have to worry about potential skin irritants. Both of these brands create products that are pre and post procedure friendly (yay!). Those with sensitive skin will benefit from either brand’s sun protection and you don’t have to worry about harmful ingredients that can potentially hurt your skin in the future.
My favorite sunscreens!
- EltaMD UV Clear and Tinted Broad Spectrum SPF 46 (great for all skin tones!)
- EltaMD UV Daily Broad Spectrum SPF 40
- EltaMD UV Elements Broad Spectrum SPF 44 (great if you have skin concerns)
- Skinbetter Sunbetter Advanced Mineral Protection Sheer SPF 56 stick (great for the kiddos!!)
- Skinbetter Sunbetter Advanced Mineral Protection Tone Smart SPF 68 compact (great for reapplication!)