Sunscreen is pretty much the most important thing in the beauty aspect of anyone’s life, male or female. The sun is the skins number one worst enemy because it causes us to age and destroys the appearance of our skin. We’re in these bodies for the rest of our lives, there is no switching, so why not take this extremely important step to care for your skin? Not only is it important appearance wise, but is also important for health risks, such as skin cancer. Melanoma is not pretty.
Anyway! Here are some tips to look out for when choosing a sunscreen and an example of what I use to help make it easier for you all to make your decision, because sunscreen should not be a choice! It is a must!
I have highlighted the main things you want to be aware of when choosing a product. You want to make sure it states that you get protection from BOTH UVA AND UVB rays. You want something with an SPF of 15-30. I love choosing oil-free products because I have combination skin and tend to get greasy, so this helps me not get shiny after using the cream. I also like that it is water-resistant because if you sweat while wearing the product, it won’t run off or great for a day at the beach.
Something to be aware of, especially if you suffer from blackheads and such, is “noncomedogenic.” This means the product will not clog your pores and is important. The hypoallergenic label is great for people with very sensitive skin to look out for (me!).
A tip to help you skip a step is to purchase a moisturizer that includes SPF in it. You want to apply an SPF product to anywhere that your skin is exposed. These areas are your ears, your neck, the BACK of your neck, your chest area, and your hands, for example. Even if you are indoors, the UV rays can still shine through and damage your skin. UV rays are especially harmful through glass. So make sure you’re wearing it, not only when you go outside. It will benefit you in the end with both your appearance and your health.
*note – the downside to this product is the paraben ingredient, so if you choose to look for a sunscreen, opt for one not containing that ingredient!