You’ve probably heard it before, but we’ll tell you again. You should be wearing SPF every day, rain or shine, even on those cloudy days where you don’t see the sun. SPF is an incredibly important step in your skincare routine, and all members of your family should be using it. But how do you know which SPF to use for your skin type? Don't worry, we’ve got you covered.
Dry skin is something that affects many people regardless of age or gender. When you have dry skin your main goal should be to keep the skin full of moisture. It is recommended to use SPF in a cream form which will add additional moisture to your skin. Look for SPFs that have ceramides, glycerin, hyaluronic acid, or even natural ingredients like honey. If you find that your skin is still dry, a quick tip is to blend your SPF with a thick creamy moisturizer before applying to your body.
The tricky part for those who have oily skin is to find an SPF that doesn’t leave us looking greasy and shiny. There are a lot of SPFs out there that cater to oily skin. Look for products that are lightweight and do not contain plant oils or fatty acids. Mist sunscreen or matte sunscreens will keep you protected from the sun’s rays without blocking your pores. These sunscreens will leave your skin looking healthy and protected.
Those who have normal skin have the most options. It is recommended to use broad-spectrum formulas rated SPF 30 or greater. Broad-spectrum formula means you’ll be protected from both UVA and UVB rays, which are two basic types of ultraviolet rays that reach the earth’s surface. Although your moisturizer or makeup might have SPF built into them, they won't provide the necessary protection if they're under 30 SPF — so be sure to check the product specifications if you decide to go this route.
Having combination skin means that it can be difficult to find products that work well with all areas of your skin. You might find products that work well with the oily areas of your skin, but after a few days they may cause extra dryness in your already dry areas. Instead of having to switch products every few days, you need to find an SPF that can cater to combination skin. To find the right SPF for your skin, we recommend trying and testing different SPFs that are lightweight and water resistant. See which ones work best for you and then apply them daily.
3 key things to consider when applying sunscreen:
- Apply your sunscreen last, after cleansing and moisturizing.
- Re-apply sunscreen every two hours if you’re spending the day outside.
- Apply sunscreen to your face, neck, and chest. It's also worthwhile finding a lip balm with a built-in spf to protect your lips.
Adding sunscreen to your family's daily routine will help protect the skin. For all your sunscreen needs, be sure to check out the Pharmacy category on the Flipp app.