Whether it's the dead of winter or the middle of July, you have likely heard time and time again that you should be wearing sunscreen or sunblock on your face every single day.
Many people assume you only need to wear sunscreen or sunblock on sunny summer days, though it really should be applied year-round.
Why is it so important to wear sunscreen every day?
The sun’s rays penetrate the clouds even on cold, overcast days, allowing harmful UV rays to reach the skin. Wearing sunscreen daily protects your skin against those UV rays emitted by the sun and electronic blue light, lowers your risk for skin cancer, and prevents premature signs of aging.
While the sun's UV rays can cause hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles, it's more important to note that being over-exposed to UV light puts you at a huge risk for developing skin cancer. UV rays even go through windows.
That's why it's critical to wear sunscreen daily on your face, even if you're just staying home."
What kind of sunscreen is best for the face?
Ensuring that you’re applying enough SPF is also crucial. We recommend looking for a broad-spectrum SPF of 30 or higher (like SPF50), and re-applying it every two hours.
Rule of thumb for using sunscreen is to apply a shot glass amount over your entire body, and a nickel sized amount to your face.
Adding SPF to your routine seems pretty doable, but all of us know that some formulas can be thick, goopy, and leave behind obnoxious white streaks—especially if you've got melanin-rich skin, like I do.
That said, I tapped experts to get their picks. Whether you've got acne-prone skin or eczema, want a dewy glow, prefer a matte finish, or even want something with some tint to it, there's a facial sunscreen for you.
See below for the best dermatologist recommended SPFs for every skin type.
1. Sunactiv Sunscreen Cream SPF50 | 75ml
The Sunactiv SPF50 Cream offers a high protection factor for both UVA and UVB, including a moisturizing base, plus antioxidants to protect your skin against sun damage and photoaging. It is both water resistant and fragrance-free – ideal for routine daily use.
2. Sunactiv Sunblock Spray SPF50 | 150ml
The Sunactiv SPF50 Spray is a non-greasy, non-oily, water resistant, sunblock spray designed especially for easy application. It offers both UVA and UVB protection and becomes invisible on the skin once applied. Ideal for daily use, especially on exposed arms, legs, and balding heads, including all outdoor sports.
3. Day Cream | 50ml
A non-greasy moisturizing cream with high concentrations of Co-Enzyme Q10 - plus a range of rejuvenating anti-oxidants which include Vitamin A, C, E and have an anti-wrinkle and smoothing action on the skin. It also assists with repairing visible signs of photo-ageing. Extra protection comes from a broad-spectrum sunscreen which includes UVA and UVB Filters & Blockers.
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