We’ve all heard it - “you should be wearing SPF everyday”. In response we’ve all thought - “even if I’m not going outside or the sun isn’t out?” Well, we confirm that yes, it’s important to be using it everyday. Let’s explain why you should be adding it into your daily skincare routine if you aren’t already.
Protection from UVA and UVB
Firstly, and most importantly sunscreen protects you from UVA and UVB rays which can be damaging and potentially harmful to your skin. It doesn’t matter if there’s not a cloud in sight, the rays from the sun can still penetrate your skin. Without sun protection, these rays can cause skin problems, anything from sunburn, to premature ageing, to even increasing your risk of skin cancer.
An important reminder that SPF shouldn’t just be used on the body - it’s crucial that you also apply sunscreen to your face, including delicate areas, such as lips. We recommend Balmkind Alpine Rose & Lysine Lip Balm SPF20 which hydrates and soothes whilst offering optimal protection.
How much and how often should I be using SPF?
Taking into consideration that SPF can be found in a lot of daily primers, foundations and moisturisers it’s easier than ever to make sure you’re protecting your skin from the sun. One of our personal favourite products is Evolve Climate Veil Tinted SPF20 which prevents sun damage and leaves your skin with a non-greasy, natural, healthy glow. What more could you ask for?
An SPF moisturiser or sunscreen should always be the final step in any skincare routine. If using makeup, you should wait at least 10 - 20 minutes after applying the SPF to allow the product to take the appropriate amount of time to work.
Tip: Waiting this amount of time also makes the application of makeup a lot easier and smoother.
When applying to the face, as a general rule it’s recommended to use two finger lengths worth of sunscreen. Although, factoring in the type of product being used can mean you would use more or less - for example, if using thicker lotions and creams you would probably use slightly less. As long as you are applying enough to leave a protective layer over the skin and topping up frequently throughout the day.
For optimal protection from the sun, it is recommended that you apply SPF 20 - 30 minutes before heading outside. Make sure you don’t forget to reapply at least every two hours too! With certain activities such as swimming or even general sweat, the sunscreen will become less effective and need topping up more often to ensure it is providing absolute protection against the sun.
People are more likely to apply sunscreen during the summer months or just when the sun is out and the temperature is high, but it’s important to get into the habit of actually wearing it everyday no matter the weather or the season. Below are just a few of the key reasons why:
- Reduces risk of skin cancer.
- Prevents premature ageing, fine lines and wrinkles.
- Lowers chance of getting sunburn and sore skin
So, have you applied your sunscreen today? We hope if you answered no to that, that from now on you will use it as part of your daily routine.