Sunscreen or SPF is the number 1 product to have in your daily skincare routine.
Yes, really! I’m sure you have heard it is important, but you are questioning the need for daily use, especially in our country, or that it’s a skin essential. Surely not the most important!
You have heard of UVA and UVB. UVA rays speed up the ageing process, and these rays are always present, no matter the weather, and can even reach us through windows. UVA damages skin cells in almost all the layers of our skin, which leads to visible signs of ageing such as wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven pigmentation. UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburn and suntan and damage the top layers of skin. Only sunscreen labelled broad spectrum will protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. As well as helping to protect against skin cancer, broad-spectrum sunscreen helps prevent premature skin ageing. It’s the SPF 30 or higher that we are after.
So, with all that in mind, it really is the most important product in your routine. Providing daily protection from ageing, sun damage, skin cancer, and pigmentation! And that’s why daily use is essential. Here are a few tips on how to make applying your SPF a part of your routine rather than a chore.
1. Find your formula
First up, find a formula you love applying and that loves your skin right back. The latest formulations are lightweight, smooth, and contain ingredients that work to improve the look and feel of skin too. No need for sticky ones that cause breakouts.
In particular, you are looking for a physical sunscreen, also known as mineral sunscreen, containing a combination of micronized zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to protect the skin from damaging rays. I love the AlumierMD range of sunscreens, which come in six different varieties so you can find your perfect daily blend.
2. Make it a part of your routine
Next, make your sunscreen a non-negotiable part of your morning routine; as second nature as cleaning your teeth. It’s easiest if your SPF takes the role of your moisturizer or makeup if these are already a part of your routine, as there are ones that are very moisturizing and tinted. If you find a product you love applying, it will help. Put it in a visible place like next to your toothpaste or makeup so as not to forget it. You could even try setting an SPF alarm for the first month.
3. Get your application down to a fine art
Thirdly, if you’re going to use it, use it well and ensure you’re applying enough. The current guidelines suggest half a teaspoon for the face and neck. It does seem a lot, so rather apply it in 2 layers. Make sure you cover often-forgotten areas like eyelids, lips, and ears. There are also some lovely SPF lip balms in various shades.
4. Top up for skin success
Finally, keep your SPF handy for top-ups, especially if outside when sunny. Keep a tube in your beach bag and set an alarm on your phone so you never miss a top-up.
Make wearing an SPF daily a priority and love the skin you are in.
If you would like to explore the AlumierMD range of SPFs, contact me, Dr Roxi, at Fountain of Youth today!