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Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Sunscreen
Skin & Body
Whether you're heading to the beach or the office, it's necessary to wear sunscreen every day, all year round.
☀️ Why do I need to wear sunscreen?
tl;dr they're the ultimate anti-aging skincare product. UV radiation breaks down your skin’s natural collagen scaffolding and damages skin at a cellular level, leading to photoaging, sun spots, and in some cases, even cancer. Sunscreens stop UV radiation.
☀️ What are some active sunscreen ingredients?
There are two categories: physical sunscreens and chemical sunscreens.
🙅Physical sunscreens deflect UV rays, and they are best for sensitive skin.
Examples: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide
🙅Chemical sunscreens absorb and break down UV rays.
Examples: Oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, homosalate, helioplex
☀️ UVA vs. UVB rays
So far, we've established that UV rays damage skin. There are actually 2 perpetrators here: UVA and UVB rays. Some sunscreens may not protect you against the full spectrum of both UVA and UVB.
Titanium dioxide: Protects against UVB rays, but not the full spectrum of UVA rays.
Zinc oxide: Protects against the entire spectrum of UVB and UVA rays.
🙅Chemical filters: Offer more coverage against both kinds of rays than physical filters, but depends by ingredient. Note: you HAVE to wait 20 minutes after application for protection.
☀️ What does the SPF rating mean?
SPF only measures the protection a sunscreen gives you from those UVB rays. Dermatologists recommend a SPF 30 or higher for daily use.
☀️ My recommendations
There are lots of amazing new sunscreen formulas coming out, so it's your duty to try them!
☀️Your choice from any of the other lists!
☀️Biore SPF 50 PA++++. It has high SPF, protects against both UVA and UVB rays, and has a really light texture.
☀️OMI Sunbears SPF 50, PA++++
☀️Moss Skincare Halo. This is actually a zinc oxide-based powder that you mix with your moisturizer/primer of choice to create a custom sunscreen blend.