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We all know that it’s important to wear sun screen, but it can be really difficult to know where to start because there are so many different types of sun screen out there! Plus, is it best to use SPF before or after your moisturiser? And what about moisturisers with SPF in them?
The different types of SPF
Good news; not all SPF gives a grey shadowy look to your skin! There are two types of sunscreen; chemical and mineral/physical SPF. The type of SPF that typically gives a greyish tint to your skin is mineral sunscreen. This is not a bad thing, but it might be bothersome for those with medium to dark skin tones, as it can really show up! For those with medium to dark skin tones, I would recommend chemical SPF as it is usually invisible and doesn’t show up on the skin.
When you use a physical sunscreen, the minerals sit on top of your skin and reflect the sun’s rays. This stops them from being able to enter the skin and cause you damage.
On the other hand, chemical sunscreen works by absorbing the sun’s rays. When they enter the skin, the chemicals break down the UV rays and stops them from harming your skin. Because I have medium toned skin, this is my preferred choice of SPF. No white cast!
Here’s how to correctly use SPF
Depending on the type of SPF you’re using, the order of use within your skincare routine can vary. Generally, physical sunscreen should be used at the end of your routine, so they can sit on top of your skin and do their job. Chemical sunscreen can be applied either before or after moisturiser, but I like to apply them before moisturiser to allow them to be absorbed into my skin better.
When applying SPF, don’t hold back. You need to apply plenty to make sure your skin is being protected well (about a half a teaspoon is ideal). And make sure to reapply every 2-3 hours to ensure you’re getting your protection all day long (especially in sunny weather).
Also, try to go for high concentration SPF, such as 50+. The more protection, the better!
Are moisturisers and makeup products that contain SPF effective?
This is a tricky question. I think it’s better to always use a separate SPF and not rely on sun protection from things like moisturisers and makeup. This is because SPF should be applied liberally, and if your only form of protection is from a foundation you won’t be applying a thick enough layer to properly protect yourself.
Moisturisers with SPF are fine to use, but the issue is that you need to reapply SPF throughout the day and you might not want to when you’re applying a thick moisturiser various times throughout the day.
Instead, I would recommend….
What SPF do I recommend?
I recommend lightweight, breathable sunscreens. My favourite ones are Korean because they’re great at formulating gentle and lightweight SPF. I highly recommend Purito’s Centella Green Level Unscented Sun lotion and Etude House’s Sunprise Daily lotion. La Roche Posay Antelios SPF and Bioré UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence are also non-greasy and comfortable on the skin.
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