To get the right amount of skin protection you should be using an SPF30+ broad spectrum sunscreen. SPF30 indicates how long it would take the sun’s UV rays would take to impact your skin. An SPF30 sunscreen will protect you from about 97% of UV rays where as an SPF50 provides sun protection from about 98% of UV rays. You should ideally use a broad spectrum SPF30 especially if you’ll be exposed to the sun for extended periods. It is also important that you reapply your sunscreen during the day – you can either use an SPF spray or you can reapply your sunscreen cream. We shared a really great “Sunscreen Reapplication with Make-Up On” hack on our instagram page. You can watch it here.
2. Darker skin tones need sunscreen too
A myth exists that people with darker skin tones do not need to wear sunscreen because melanin provides a level of protection. This 100% false. Every one who is exposed to the sun’s harsh rays should be wearing sunscreen. This is why we, at Beauty on TApp, endeavour to stock white cast free sunscreens to ensure that our entire community is catered for on our website. These are sunscreens that are well suited for darker skin tones and that do not leave an ashy finish. It is important that people of all skin tones add a sunscreen step to their skincare routine.
3. Mineral vs Physical sunscreen
There are two main types of sunscreens – mineral/physical and chemical sunscreens. Mineral sunscreens contain natural sun protection ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These ingredients form a protective layer over your skin and deflect the
sun’s UV rays from your skin and act as physical sun blockers. Mineral sunscreens are less likely to cause skin irritation and are recommended for those with sensitive
skin and moms-to-be. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, contain ingredients like oxybenzone, which is the most common ingredient, octinoxate and avobenzone. Chemical sunscreens help absorb both UVA and UVB rays (these are called broad spectrum sunscreens), turn these rays into heat, which is then released from the skin. Chemical sunscreens generally absorb into the skin much easier leaving little white cast or residue on your skin.
4. Sunscreen helps reduce hyperpigmentation
Sunscreen is actually the best treatment for hyperpigmentation, dark spots and blemishes. Hyperpigmentation can be exacerbated by increased sun exposure therefore applying an SPF30+ sunscreen can help reduce hyperpigmentation. Using sunscreen together with serums that contain Vitamin C, which contains anti-oxidants, increases your skin’s sun protection. It is also extremely important that you use sunscreen when using skincare products that contain active ingredients – this also helps yield great results from products.
5. Choosing the right sunscreen for your skin
It is extremely important to make sure that you are choosing a sunscreen that is right for your skin type. If you have oily and acne prone skin – avoid sunscreens that contain heavy oils as this may cause clogging and may result in a breakout. Rather opt for an oil-free but moisturising sunscreen. Most sunscreens may also contain other ingredients that may be better suited for your skin e.g. Hyaluronic Acid for dry skin or Aloe to soothe skin. It is important that you incorporate a sunscreen that is well suited for your skin into your routine.
We stock a range of amazing chemical and mineral sunscreens on our website that you can shop here.