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July 12, 2023 4 min read

Although it’s essential to wear sunscreen year-round, there is still a common misconception that sunscreen is only necessary during the summer months or on particularly sunny days. However, this couldn’t be further from the truth! Even on overcast or cloudy days, harmful UV rays can still penetrate the skin and cause damage, making sunscreen a crucial part of any AM skincare routine.

It’s also important to note that some people may believe they don’t need sunscreen because they have naturally darker skin tones. While it’s true that darker skin does offer some natural protection from the sun, it’s NOT enough to prevent long-term damage. Everyone, regardless of skin tone, should use sunscreen to protect their skin from the harmful UV rays.

And do you know why sunscreen is truly a skincare superhero?

Sunscreen is not just for preventing sunburns and reducing the risk of skin cancer - there are so many other benefits to wearing sunscreen every day:

  1. The UV rays can break down collagen and elastin in the skin, which can lead to fine lines, wrinkles, and sagging. By wearing sunscreen, you can help to perverse the youthful appearance of your skin and keep it looking healthy and glowing.
  2. Sunscreen also helps to prevent hyperpigmentation and dark spots. UV exposure can cause an increase in melanin production, which can result in an uneven skin tone and discoloration - who wants that? If you wear sunscreen every day, you can prevent this from happening and maintain a more even and uniform complexion.
  3. When the skin is exposed to the sun, it can lose moisture and become dehydrated, which can lead to dryness, flakiness, and even irritation. Sunscreen helps to create a barrier between your skin and the UV rays, which can help to prevent moisture loss and keep your skin hydrated.!
  4. And surprisingly or not, wearing sunscreen can actually enhance the effectiveness of your other skincare products. UV exposure can break down the active ingredients in skincare products, rendering them less effective. By wearing sunscreen, you can help to protect your skin and ensure that your skincare products are working to their full potential.. Otherwise, what’s the point of having a skincare routine?

When it comes to choosing a sunscreen, one of the biggest decisions you’ll need to make is whether to go for a chemical or a physical sunscreen. While both types are effective at protecting the skin from the harmful UV rays, there are some key differences between the two.

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV radiation and converting it into heat, which is then released from the skin. The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens include compounds like avobenzone and octinoxate. These sunscreens are typically lightweight and easy to apply, making them a popular choice for everyday use.

On the other hand, physical sunscreens create a physical barrier that reflects UV radiation away from the skin. The active ingredients in physical sunscreens include minerals like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These sunscreens feel thicker than the chemical ones and may leave a white cast on the skin, but they are often preferred by people with sensitive skin or those who want a more natural option.

At our spa and online shop, we offer a wide range of sunscreens to suit every skin type and preference. Let’s dive into our favorites and best sellers!

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion (shop now)

  • Sheer, universal tint adaptable to all skin tones boosts radiance for a more even, luminous complexion
  • Water-resistant for 40 minutes
  • All-physical, broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Increases skin defenses and resistance to UV and heat stress based on in-vitro testing
  • Paraben-free and non-comedogenic

TiZo3 Primer/Sunscreen Tinted SPF 40 (get yours)

  • Free of chemical sunscreens, oils, fragrances, preservatives, or PABA
  • Broad spectrum UVA/UVB
  • Photostable, will not breakdown in the sunlight
  • Water-resistant for 80 minutes
  • Gentle enough to use after aesthetic rejuvenating skin procedures such as laser, microdermabrasion, chemical peel or facial cosmetic surgery
  • For all skin types, even sensitive skin

iS Clinical Eclipse SPF 50+ PerfectTint (add to cart)

  • Provides all-physical broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Ultra-sheer, fast absorbing with a weightless finish
  • Water-resistant
  • PerfectTint technology enriches natural skin tones
  • Paraben-free

Skinceuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50(shop here)

  • 100% physical broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection
  • Maintains a matte finish even in hot, humid conditions
  • Smoothes skin texture and minimizes appearance of pores
  • Weightless mousse dries to a powder finish, optimizing make-up application
  • Formulated with translucent color spheres to provide universal tint for all skin tones and repel oil to minimize sebum appearance.
  • Non-comodogenic and non-acnegenic

Whether you prefer a chemical or physical sunscreen, both are effective at protecting your skin. But with so many options available, it’s important to make sure to choose the sunscreen that suits your individual needs and skin type. Explore all our sunscreen options on our website and reach out to us if you have any questions.

And don’t forget - next time you head outside, apply your sunscreen!

Mariana BLOOM
Mariana BLOOM

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