Having reached the height of Summer, it’s now more important than ever to get in the habit of protecting your skin from harmful UV rays that can cause long lasting damage. The sunshine may feel great on our skin but prolonged exposure to the Sun’s UV rays without protection can cause all sorts of issues one would like to avoid like premature aging, wrinkles, liver spots, leathery skin, and actinic keratosis – rough, scaly patches of skin. Changing up your skincare routine to accommodate an SPF can be complicated though, you already have an established morning and night skincare routine with an array of products you and your skin are comfortable and familiar with, so how do you best incorporate one? And which SPF skincare products do you include? Read on and all those questions and more will be answered so you can enjoy the Summer sun knowing your skin is safe from its harsher effects.
The Usual Addition of SPF - Sunscreen
Sunscreen is an obvious must year-round and should be re applied every two to three hours. While how much you choose to apply is up to you, we recommend no less than half of a teaspoon for your face and neck and no less than a full teaspoon for each limb for every application. If you need to, set an alarm on your phone so you remember to reapply. This skincare essential comes in a variety of forms – powders, sticks, and sprays – so regardless of your preference there will be an array of different products to choose from that meet the needs of your skin and routine. Make sure whichever you choose is a broad-spectrum sunscreen of 30 SPF or higher and apply it to all exposed skin – hands, feet, ears, neck, and more. Sunscreen will work best when applied a few minutes after you moisturize, ensuring you’re rubbing it into dry skin and not having it mix with another product.
Other Skincare Options for Daily SPF
As any dermatologist will likely tell you, sunscreen alone is not the answer. A sunscreen above 30 SPF should certainly be a part of your skincare routine – and reapplied when necessary throughout the day – but your skin will thank you if you also exfoliate daily. The process of exfoliating removes dulling or dead skin and debris to the hydration your skin will receive from moisturizers and toners and prevent congestion. You can do this in the mornings before applying any kind of moisturizer, toner, makeup or sun protection products. Not only will this give you smoother, clearer skin that can better absorb moisture and hydration, but it will help makeup last longer. Those with naturally oily skin should exfoliate four to five days a week, that’s a few times more than the usually recommended two to three days a week. During the drier, winter months exfoliating becomes less important but once the weather warms up and the humidity increases you should definitely break out your exfoliating products.
How to Maintain Sun-Safe Skin Everyday
A moisturizer on its own is a skincare essential, but if you want to go the extra mile try out a moisturizer that doubles as sunscreen for even more sun protection. Like with a regular sunscreen, a two-in-one moisturizer should be reapplied every few hours. One thing to keep in mind: these sun protection productscan sometimes be a little thicker than a regular moisturizer so they may not work well for those with oily or acne-prone skin.