The sun is present 365 days a year, but as we transition to warmer weather its presence is more noticeable than ever! Your skin is always exposed to the sun whether you're inside or it's a cloudy day. The harmful UV rays from the sun can lead to long term skin diseases, short term skin irritations and premature aging! Avoid these situations by getting acquainted with SPF on a daily basis.
What is SPF?
You see these 3 letters in almost every beauty isle once spring hits, but what does it really mean? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and it measures how well a sunscreen will protect skin from the sun's harmful UV rays.
As a result, you want to aim for products with at least a SPF of 30. The higher the SPF, the better your skin will be protected against UV rays which can cause sunburns, brown spots, wrinkles, and even skin cancer.
Which SPF should I use?
If your skin is on the dryer side, you want to make sure you are adding moisture back into your skin. Try using sunscreens that are in the format of a thick cream that can layer over your daily moisturizer.
Look for ingredients such as honey and ceramides.
If you have oily skin you want to focus on using products with a lighter formula. Incorporate sunscreens that are either water or gel based so you can control oil production.
Look for ingredients such as green tea and tea tree oil.
If you have a “normal” skin type, you're in luck! Since your skin has a balanced level of moisture you are able to choose from a wider variety of sunscreen products. Feel free to use either gel, cream or water based sunscreen to get your daily sun protection.
When you have sensitive skin you want to watch out for certain ingredients. These ingredients include alcohol, fragrances, oxybenzone, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), salicylates, and cinnamates.
Incorporating sunscreen with minerals will help limit any negative reactions
Acne Prone Skin:
In relation to ingredients, acne prone skin is similar to sensitive skin. With acne prone skin you want to avoid ingredients that might irate or flare up current acne.
Acne can be a result of dry skin or excessive oil production, so you first want to figure the root of your acne. Then based on your conclusion, use sunscreen with acne safe ingredients that also address the cause of your breakouts.
When to use SPF?
There are many ways to apply sunscreen but as long as you are applying it daily you should be covered! If you wear makeup, you can use a primer with SPF or you can apply your sunscreen of choice before applying any makeup as a base. If you use a moisturizer without any SPF, you can apply your sunscreen at the very end of your morning skincare routine. Remember to also apply sunscreen to other parts of your skin that are exposed such as your neck, chest, and even ears!
Throughout the day, don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every 2 hours or whenever you head outdoors into direct sunlight.
Looking for a way to soothe your exposed skin this spring? Visit one of our Columbus Oasis Face Bar locations to book our Soothe Facial Treatment. If you have any questions on how to incorporate SPF into your routine feel free to reach out to us on Instagram @oasisfacebar.