As a leading skincare brand, Doctor A Cosmetics understands the importance of taking care of your skin and protecting it from harmful UV rays. That's why we highly recommend incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare regime.
Sunscreen is a crucial part of any skincare routine, as it helps to protect the skin from harmful UV rays that can cause sunburn, skin cancer, and other skin concerns such as premature aging and hyperpigmentation. That's why it's important to choose the right sunscreen for your skin type and concerns, and to apply it every day, even on cloudy days.
It is always recommended to use a sunscreen with a high SPF number. So, what does a SPF mean? SPF stands for sun protection factor. Now, what does this mean? A SPF number tells you how long you can stay in the sun without getting burned while wearing that particular brand of sunscreen, compared with how long you can stay in the sun before you burn without wearing that sunscreen. Simply put, if it takes 12 minutes for your skin to burn without sunscreen and you apply a sunscreen with an SPF 10, it will take 10 times longer to burn in the skin (120 minutes- 2 hours).
Apply a good dollop of sunscreen to your skin ( 1.25ml sunscreen for your face and 1.25ml for your neck!).
But with so many options on the market, it can be overwhelming trying to find the right sunscreen for your skin. Here are a few tips to help you choose the best sunscreen for you:
- Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for premature aging and hyperpigmentation, while UVB rays are responsible for sunburn.
- Choose a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. The SPF (sun protection factor) is a measure of how well the sunscreen protects against UVB rays. An SPF of 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays, while an SPF of 50 blocks about 98% of UVB rays.
- Consider your skin type and concerns. If you have oily or acne-prone skin, look for a lightweight, oil-free formula. If you have dry skin, opt for a moisturising formula. And if you have sensitive skin, look for a hypoallergenic, fragrance-free formula.
- Check the expiration date. Sunscreen can expire, and using an expired sunscreen can be less effective at protecting your skin.
- Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your lips. The lips are a common spot for skin cancer, and they can also become dried and chapped from the sun. Look for a lip balm or lipstick with SPF to protect your lips from the sun.
- Consider the type of physical sunscreen you use. Physical sunscreens, also known as mineral sunscreens, contain active ingredients such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide that work by physically blocking UV rays. These sunscreens are generally considered to be safe and effective for all skin types, including sensitive skin. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, contain active ingredients that work by absorbing UV rays. These sunscreens can be less safe and effective for those with sensitive skin, as they may cause irritation or allergic reactions.
- Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your hair. The sun can also damage your hair, causing it to become dry, brittle, and prone to breakage. To protect your hair from the sun, consider using a hair product with SPF or wearing a hat when you're outside. You can also use a leave-in conditioner or hair oil to add moisture and nourishment to your hair. By taking care of your hair and protecting it from the sun, you can keep it healthy and strong.
By following these tips, you can find the right sunscreen for your skin and effectively protect it from the sun. Remember to apply sunscreen every day, even on cloudy days, and to reapply it every 2 hours or immediately after swimming or sweating. With the right sunscreen and a consistent skincare routine, you can keep your skin looking healthy and youthful.