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When it comes to applying SPF, you shouldn’t limit yourself. There are many skin care products that now contain UVA and UVB protection. The most important thing to note about SPF is that you apply it – every single day. Having skin care products that have SPF in them already may help you apply more readily and consistently.
Protecting your skin from sun damage is an essential part of having and maintaining beautiful skin now and for the years to come. UV rays can penetrate through the outer layer of the skin and cause much more damage than a simple sunburn. The redness may fade after a few days or a week, but the real harm the sun causes takes place in the deeper layers of your skin, below the surface. UVA rays will affect your skin’s natural collagen and elastin production and break down existing fibers. Over time, and after unprotected, repetitive exposure, this depletion will weaken skin cells and cause it to become less plump and elastic, leaving it more prone to develop fine lines and wrinkles – not to mention sunspots.
If you slather on sunscreen at the beach or when you plan to spend long days outside that is commendable, but simply not enough. Your skin is exposed to the sun any time you go outside, that includes your morning commute to the train, your walks with your dog and midday brunches outside on the patio. This means, that it really is important to make SPF a part of your daily skin care routine, here’s how:
Skin care product with SPF #1: Daily moisturizer. Try using a daily moisturizer with broad-spectrum protection to better ensure your skin is blocked from harmful UVB and UVA rays everyday. You should moisturize every morning after cleansing, so if you already are following a basic skin care regimen, this SPF-moisturizer combination will be a hard step to skip. There are many varying levels of UV protection, try to not go below SPF 15. SPF 15 will absorb 93 percent of radiation, SPF 30 will absorb 97 percent and SPF 50 will absorb 98 percent. For a moisturizer that won’t only offer sun protection, but will also give your skin a boost of all-day hydration try Age Perfect® Glow Renewal SPF 30 Lotion.
Skin care product with SPF #2: Tinted moisturizer. A tinted moisturizer will offer you lightweight coverage with a bonus of sun protection. Tinted moisturizers also hydrate the skin and provide a smooth, illuminating appearance.
Skin care product with SPF #3: Foundation. You can also get more complete skin coverage by looking for a foundation with SPF. You’ll want to be sure to apply moisturizer first, as some full coverage formulas can be drying to the skin. Feel free to layer a day moisturizer with SPF under a foundation with SPF.
Skin care product with SPF #4: Facial Oil. Facial oil with SPF, like Age Perfect® Hydra-Nutrition Facial Oil SPF 30– the first of its kind, will not only better protect your skin against cell damaging UVA rays, but also against free radical damage your skin encounters through air pollution on a daily basis. The lightweight, non-greasy oil will act as a barrier on the outer layer of the skin; sealing in the good ingredients from your other skin care products and keeping out UVB and UVA rays and pollutants.
Skin care product with SPF #5: Sunscreen. The most obvious of the options, and still worth noting: Sunscreen is a great choice when looking for a skin care product with SPF. You can look for a sunscreen for your face, like Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen Liquid Silk Lotion for Face SPF 30. For the rest of your body try: Sublime Sun Advanced Sunscreen SPF 50+ Crystal Clear Mist, which offers broad-spectrum protection and is easily applied in a continuous spray. It’s important to use sunscreen formulated for your body on your body only and not on your face – as the heavier formulas may clog pores and appear greasier. And just as with the other skin care products, you should be sure to cover your neck and chest too, as these areas are typically forgotten and get just as much sun exposure as your face typically does.
Always remember to apply your skin care products with SPF at least thirty minutes before sun exposure. Also, look for products with UVA and UVB; broad-spectrum protection, as UVB protection will only block rays that will burn the skin – as these rays are shorter. UVA rays are longer and penetrate the skin more deeply – these are the rays that cause skin cell damage and can speed up signs of skin aging.
SPF is a main component in protecting your skin from the sun, but also remember to find shade when you can, wear hats and sunglasses and try to avoid being outside at length between the hours of 10AM and 4PM as this is when the sun’s rays are at their strongest.