No matter what the weather forecast, sunscreen should always be on your radar!
SPF is a non-negotiable in any skincare routine, yet some people still treat it like an “option” (stop that!). As one of the few products that is actually proven to help prevent sun damage, a good SPF is also known to help reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles, uneven skin tone and pigmentation. Basically, it’s THE skincare holy grail for your complexion.
And even though you may know the importance of sunscreen, knowing which to buy is another challenge of its own. So to help make life a little easier, we’ve put together a little guide to match your skin types with your sunscreen—along with a few sun facts in recognition of Skin Cancer Awareness Month!
Dry skin types can use hydration anyway they can find it. Moisturizers are the obvious go-to when it comes to helping tame flakey skin, but with a skin-loving formula in hand, a sunscreen can act as a hydrator too. If you are on the hunt for an SPF that will help keep your dry skin at bay, look for a product that contains conditioning ingredients combined with a sun protector (bonus points if it’s a moisturizer that doubles as a sunscreen). Hot ingredients include plant-based with moisturizing and soothing properties like Jojoba Oil and Lavender.
Try: Hydrate + Broad Spectrum SPF 17 Moisturizing Sunscreen | A two-in-one moisturizer and sunscreen powered by antioxidants, Jojoba Oil and Lavender Oil to help protect the skin from environmental stressors and future sun damage—without leaving behind an oily or greasy residue.
Normal to Oily Skin
Along with the dreaded white cast, sunscreen that leaves a greasy film is a huge deal breaker for many people practicing sun protection. For normal and oily skin types, a heavy sunscreen can easily send them into oil slick status. This is why lightweight, yet moisturizing formulas are the best match for these skin types. Using a broad spectrum SPF that contains ingredients, like Trehalose, that help maintain moisture without going overboard is a simple why to help protect and condition.
Try: Protect UV Broad Spectrum 30 Moisturizing Spray| Packed with Green Tea Extract and Trehalose, this spray sunscreen helps provide head-to-toe UV protection with a sheer veil of hydration that doesn’t leave behind a white cast.
Hopefully you’ve clung to our every word when it comes to the importance of SPF and skin prevention, but even then, it’s completely normal for skin to develop fine lines and dark spots over time—it’s all part of living life! The true key to sunscreen for mature skin is applying a formula with Broad Spectrum SPF that is high enough for your complexion (think SPF 40 or 50). This will help protect skin from environmental stressors while also helping to prevent future sun damage. Feel free to multi-task with an age-defying sunscreen formula that includes peptides and amino acids to help improve the look of dark spots and wrinkles as it helps protect skin from sun damage!
Try: Peptide Defense Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 50| Another 2-in-1 moisturizer and sunscreen that features a powerhouse of peptides, botanical extracts and vitamins to help deeply hydrate and improve the appearance of visible signs of aging.
BONUS! COSMEDIX Sun care Tips
1. Use sunscreen every day, even if it is cloudy or you spend most of your days in doors. UVA rays aren’t stopped by windows or clouds!
2. Wear hats. Hats are a great everyday accessory, but they are also a must-have to help protect the scalp when sitting by the beach or pool side.
3. Apply Vitamin C. This key ingredient helps brighten the look of skin, helps improve the look of dark spots and helps protect the skin from environmental stressors.
4. Don’t forget to reapply! It is suggested that your reapply sunscreen throughout the day. If you are swimming or sweating, it is best to reapply every hour.
5. Check expiration dates. Yes, sunscreen expires and you need to check expiration dates to make sure you are using the most beneficial product possible!