SPF FTW

Summertime = Bring on the Sunblock!

I grew up thinking that sunscreen should be worn exclusively when you're engaging in outdoor activities like hiking, lounging on the beach, or being a tourist. I never even thought of putting it on when I'm running errands in the city or applying it under make-up. As I started to get more into skincare, however, I began to realize the importance of daily sunscreen use, especially on the face. Last summer, on an exceptionally hot day (and after listening to a beauty podcast about sunscreen), I bought my first ever facial sunscreen and have been using it ever since. Every day, rain or shine!

There's a lot of controversy about using sunscreen every day because of the chemicals they contain, and some people are convinced that using it every day is worse for your skin than using nothing at all (hi mom!). I believe to each their own, and since we'll all be old and wrinkly at some point anyways, everyone should do whatever makes them personally feel better.  I might be next level paranoid, but I swear I can feel my forehead wrinkling by the minute when I forget to put sunscreen on under my makeup. On the other hand, my granny has never used it in her life and looks fabulous.

To be honest I never even knew there are two types of sunscreen, but I learned this as of recently (since I became highly enthusiatic about the subject) so here it goes:

There are chemical sunscreens that contain organic compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, that create a chemical reaction with UV rays producing heat, which is in turn released from your skin. Physical sunscreens act as an actual barrier between your skin and  and UV rays. It contains active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which physically block the rays from touching your skin. 

Physical sunscreen is know to be favoured by many people because it is more natural, however, it often leaves a white cast on the skin and can be difficult to layer under makeup. Chemical sunscreen can be harsher on sensitive skin causing redness, but it stays on for longer and is easier to apply.

I will never stop exploring my sunscreen options, but for now, these are a few of my favourites. 

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1. Supergoop Defense Refresh Setting Mist Broad Spectrum SPF50

I'm not a huge fan of aerosols because it makes me feel like I'm fumigating myself, but I like that you can apply it on top of makeup. It is also a decent setting spray so UV protection is an added bonus. 

2. Jack Black Moisture Lip Balm SPF25

I use it when I go on long bike rides or on especially sunny days. I never thought of my lips as something that also needs sun protection, but I've been burned (quite literally) by this assumption.

3. Clinique City Block SPF25

My absolute favourite thing. It's basically a tinted moistruriser with SPF. Can be worn alone or as a base under make-up. It keeps my skin moisturised and protected at the same time. Love it!