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Everything You Need to Know About SPF

May 19, 2020 3 min read

We’ve all heard the warning messages that nag you to wear sunscreen every day. If you’re stubborn like me, you’ve probably only worn it a few times to the beach—and even then—been more concerned about breakouts.

While it may seem like an obvious “must” for our fairer-skinned friends, there are a few myths we’d like to bust, as well as explain why sunscreen is so important for all skin types, all-year-round!

Why you should really wear SPF every day

Why you should really wear SPF every day.

Wearing sunscreen every day protects your skin from harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays and skin damage. Think there are exceptions? Think again!
 
“My foundation has SPF in it, I don’t need to wear sunscreen.”

While it’s great that you are opting for more protection in your beauty products, most cosmetics lack all the protection you need against harmful rays. If you want to use makeup with SPF in it, make sure it contains at least 5 percent zinc oxide and an SPF of 15 for optimal sun protection—it reflects both UVA and UVB rays off of the skin!
 
“My moisturizer contains SPF in it, do I really need sunscreen, too?”

If you’re using a moisturizer as a protectant, make sure it contains an SPF of at least 15. The way to know a moisturizer really means business? If it says "broad spectrum” on the label, that means it’s protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.
 
“How could I possibly need sun protection when it’s not even sunny outside?”  

Up to 80% of the sun’s rays can pass through clouds, and snow can reflect up to 80% of UV rays, upping your risk to sun exposure and damage. Exposure to harmful UV rays can cause fine lines, wrinkles, sun spots, and exposure and higher risk to different types of skin cancers… is it really worth it to go without?
 
“Sunscreen tends to make me break out.”

If your sunscreen isn’t oil-free, it’s probably the reason for your breakouts. Opt for an oil-free sunscreen to keep your skin from getting clogged or greasy, while still being protected!

Looking a little pink after a day out in the sun?

Trick your sunburnt skin.

Sometimes it seems like no matter how often we apply sunscreen, we still get a little pink after spending a day outdoors. Here are a few makeup tips on how to conceal a minor sunburn:

  • Color Corrector - Whether it’s a color-correcting primer or concealer, opt for green-tinted to neutralize the redness of your skin.
  • Concealer- Rather than reaching for your typical foundation, grab a concealer (preferably with a yellow-undertone), and focus on the areas that are discolored from the rest of your face and blend, blend, blend! This will reduce the redness in your face while maintaining a soft, smooth finish.
  • Highlighter- A highlighter helps deliver that natural beachy glow every girl loves in the summer. Opt for pinks and golds like our Champagne and Rosé Highlighters to achieve this look!
  • Bronzer- Add a warm glow to your complexion and brush on some bronzer along your forehead, cheeks, and jawline. Opt for a soft, mineral-powder that is gentle on the skin while slaying the bronzed look you love for summer!
Want to protect your skin without losing that summer bronze? Check out this video to learn how to fake your sunkissed glow!

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