Sunscreen: When, Why, and How to Use it in Your Skincare Routine

woman putting on sunscreen

Your skin is the barrier between the outside world and your body. It’s exposed to all kinds of things throughout the day—pollution, dirt, sunlight—and all of these things can cause damage to your skin. Protecting against these environmental hazards is an important part of skincare. One of the best ways to create a barrier is with sunscreen.

Why Daily Sunscreen is Important

Every time you go outside, your skin is exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun, and your face is usually exposed all the time (unless you wear one of those floppy sun hats around all day, every day). The amount of time it takes for the sun to damage your skin will vary depending on your skin type and level of pigmentation, but for most people, it only takes about 15 to 25 minutes before ultraviolet rays penetrate the skin and damage the underlying layers. This leads to premature signs of aging and can put you at an increased risk of developing skin cancer. Adding sunscreen to your morning skincare routine can protect your skin from damage.

When to Apply Sunscreen

Sunscreen application should follow your normal cleansing routine, usually after you use a cleanser and toner, but before you apply any makeup. This allows the ingredients to penetrate the layers of your skin and be absorbed enough to offer adequate protection. Applying makeup before sunscreen might block absorption, which will reduce sunscreen’s effectiveness.

How to Find the Right Sunscreen

There are a few things to consider when you’re trying to choose a sunscreen for your face:

Sun Protection Factor (SPF)

SPF  is a measure of how much UV-blocking power your sunscreen has. Higher SPF offers more protection. For example, an SPF of 30 will protect your skin for 30 times longer than it would normally take for your skin to burn—if it takes 20 minutes for your skin to burn without any sunscreen, SPF 30 offers about 600 minutes of protection or 10 hours. For most people, an SPF of 30 offers plenty of protection, but there are SPF formulations that are higher (40+) if you prefer it.

Acne-Safe Ingredients

Applying sunscreen is essential, but you need to find the right formulations to avoid clogging pores and causing acne. Choose a sunscreen that is specially designed with quality ingredients that won’t lead to more breakouts or cause your existing breakouts to get worse.

Other Skincare Steps

The other skincare products you are using, such as cleansers, toners, serums, and moisturizers can affect when you need to apply sunscreen. A virtual consultation can help too, and a skincare expert can ensure you are using the right sunscreen to fight acne and avoid breakouts.

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