We all know that sunscreen is the most important product to help prevent aging and to protect your skin from overall damage and skin cancer. But it is the product with the most questions, concerns and can be the hardest to fit to each individual. So here are some of the basics when it comes to SPF:
~SPF or sun protection factor is technically measured by how much longer it will take for you to burn when spending time in the sun. So lets say without sunscreen it would take you 30 minutes to get a burn, if you wore an SPF 15, it would take you 15 times longer to burn. But all sunscreens only last about 2 hours in direct sun, so remember to reapply!
~Anything over an SPF 30 is only giving you about 1% more protection. So an SPF 80 is only negligibly more effective than an SPF 30. So why do they sell an SPF 80? Marketing, it makes you feel better that you are getting more protection, which you technically are, but only a very small amount.
~If you are only going to work and are hardly outside during the day, an SPF 15 is usually good enough. An SPF 30 is ideal, but if you can’t find one that you like, no worries, SPF 15 is good enough for the small amount you will be getting throughout the day.
~Moisturizer with SPF is a little tricky, I prefer a separate SPF for the most effective protection, but most daytime moisturizers have an SPF in them. So here’s the deal, for day to day this type of protection is fine, but if you will be out in the sun for any length of time, please use a full SPF 30 that is a separate product.
~ You can’t combine SPF protection. Meaning if you have an SPF 15 in your moisturizer and your BB Cream has an SPF 15, that does not equal an SPF 30, you still only have a sun protection factor of 15. Whichever product you use with the highest amount of SPF is how much your getting, no more. So if your moisturizer has SPF 30 and your makeup has SPF 15, you’re getting an SPF 30, not 45.
~SPF’s are always your last skincare step for daytime. Think of it as a shield for your skin from the sun. After SPF any and all makeup that you normally use would go next. And please NEVER use a moisturizer at night that has SPF in it. You should never sleep in sunscreen, it’s too clogging for your skin.
So, now that you have a little more info, which sunscreen should you use? Well, thats like asking which pair of jeans would look best on you when I’ve never seen you, it’s TOO hard! Without knowing your skin, what else your using, or seeing you in person, I’m flying blind. So here’s a few guidelines, and a few products I like that may help you a bit:
For oily skin types, I like something like this for daytime. Unscented, SPF 30, and shouldn’t cause too many problems. $7.49 from Target, CVS, Walgreens, etc.
For dryer/mature skin types I like something like this. It’s one of the few moisturizer/SPF combos that I really like. Plus it’s an all in one, since you get hydration, anti-aging benefits and an SPF 50. You can find this at the DermStore.com, $58
For a separate SPF that is lightweight and doesn’t irritate the skin too much, and layers well under makeup, I like this one. This one is better for combo skin types, but it really works well for all skin types and is so gentle and effective. $43
What I use daily, is the It Cosmetics CC+ SPF50. My skin hates most sunscreens, but this for some reason works for my sensitive, oily, acne prone skin. It offers coverage, a little hydration, and good SPF protection. I set mine with a powder because it does leave a dewy look on the skin, but I love the natural coverage of this product. This is a really popular, highly rated product for a reason. Ulta and QVC are the best places to find it.
These are just some suggestions, but sunscreens are like eye creams, you really have to try them to know which product will be best for you. Sunscreens are very individual, what one person loves, another will hate. Scent, texture, and layering of different SPF products can make or break it for some people. So it’s best to try them before you buy. Ask for samples at Sephora or make sure where you buy products has a good return policy. Oily skin should look for oil-free formulations, normal/dry skin can use a heavier version, and sensitive skin is best with a separate SPF, since combo products can tend to lead to irritation in this skin type. Hope that gives you a little info and insight to an important product!
Thanks for reading! XO~Jennifer
**I am not being paid or am affiliated with any of the links I used in this post, I just know that these places sell the correct products at the correct price.