// Daunting, yet essential step to morning skincare routine //
Apparently the leading cause of premature skin aging, you don't want to skip on that. See how the skin on our bum seems so young and fresh compared to the skin covering our face? This is because our prude bum bums are - by law - preserved from exposure to sunlight during our daily social activities. If this didn't convince you yet, you have to see sunlight exposure as a cumulative damage. That sun-kissed look might be very cute and healthy looking right now, but each time you are cooking up your skin a bit more. Hence serious damage, not so easy to get rid of: early wrinkles, dark spots, uneven skin texture.
Moreover, a little sunlight can cause serious damage. You need to protect yourself from the sun every day even if you are indoors the vast majority of your day. Remember skincare is all about prevention.
〉 There are two types of sunblocks :
1 - Chemical sunscreens
The most common form of sunscreen. They contain active chemical ingredients (like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate or avobenzone) that absorb UV rays and rend it harmless for the skin.
2 - Physical / Mineral sunscreens
Physical sunscreens use active natural ingredients ( minerals like zinc oxide or titanium oxide) that physically reflect UV rays away from the skin. Those are best for those with very sensitive skin, but they tend to leave white casts on the skin. Hence the popularity of tinted mineral sunscreens.
- Some sunscreens include a combination of chemical and physical blockers.
〉 What protection should you seek :
I recommend a protection of at least 30 SPF. This should be enough, technically. Nevertheless, I prefer opting for 50+ SPF in order to have optimal protection. Brings me peace of mind.
Make sure the sunscreen you use protects against both UVAs and UVBs.
〉 Additional protection (highly recommended) :
- Hats or caps to protect your face from direct sunlight
- Sunglasses to protect your eyes and the delicate skin around it from direct sunlight