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Everything You've Ever Wanted To Know About Sunscreen

posted in Skin & Body
03/08/2016
  • Whether you're heading to the beach or the office, it's necessary to wear sunscreen every day, all year round.
    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.

    🙅Physical filters
    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.
    ☀️ 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!

    Dry skin:
    ☀️Shiseido Senka sunscreen
    ☀️Hada Labo UV milk

    Normal skin
    ☀️Your choice from any of the other lists!

    Combo/Oily skin:
    ☀️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.

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