Using sunscreen every day to protect your skin from UV rays is the number one method for keeping your skin looking young and healthy. If there’s anything I’ve learned in this life it’s to always use a little bit of SPF every day. Even if it looks gloomy there will always be some type of UV rays that can affect your skin. There are numerous sunscreens, but how do you choose a daily product that works well underneath your makeup? I’ve mapped out a few guidelines for you.
UVA and UVB
The sunscreens that will do most of the work for you and be worth your money are the products that are UVA and UVB protectant. This will give you the most protection from all harmful rays that can cause your skin to have sunspots, wrinkles and look old.
LIQUID vs. POWDER FORMULA
The liquid formula is something you’re probably familiar with. What you have to keep in mind is the oiliness of the sunscreen and the color. Some SPF formulas can affect the way the makeup sits on your skin and it may change the color too.
For those of you who don’t want to deal with the liquid form the powder formula may be the one for you. The powder-like formula is matte and it blends in with the rest of your make up. I like to bring this in my purse with me to use a couple times throughout the day or to put on my hands when I’m driving. (I learned this tip from Maria Menounos who is an advocate for young looking hands and I agree. Our hands can often be overlooked, but I digress.) Whether you want to use this as added protection throughout the day or you prefer something more matte the powder-like formuala like Supergoop Incvincible Shield Sunscreen is a great choice for daily use.
MINERAL vs. CHEMICAL
When using a chemical sunscreen look at the ingredients list in search for harmful chemicals such as oxybenzone. Oxybenzone is said to be one of the top most hazardous chemicals according to the Environmental Working Group. Use a chemical sunscreen with the active ingredient avobenzone instead.
Mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide or titanium oxide in their ingredients and are said to be more gentle on the skin, but also have the most protection, according to the Environmental Working Group. In my experience mineral sunscreens are thicker in consistency and harder to blend into the skin, BUT overall safe and more effective.
Whatever sunscreen you decide to use, know that you are taking the first step to healthy, younger looking skin!
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