There are so many different kinds of sunscreen. So it’s really hard to choose one. We know that UVA, UVB both blocks the sun rays but there are many of us that don’t know which sunscreen fits our skin. Sun rays are always with us every single day of our lives, 365days. If exposed to sun rays directly, we can have problems like skin cancer, aging, darker acne scars, blemishes, and pigmentation. But, if we put on sun sunscreen well then we can maintain healthy skin. You know how extremely important sun block is right? Especially choosing the best sunscreen for your skin type.
There are UVA, UVB, UVC; 3 different kinds of sun rays. UVA, UVB are the sun rays that can directly effect on our skin.
- UVB is the sun ray that causes skin cancer and burns. It can’t go through glass. SPF blocks UVB. The higher the SPF is, the stronger it is.
- UVA doesn’t give you burns but it goes deep into your skin and cause aging, wrinkles, and blemishes. UVA goes through glass and it exists no matter what the weather may be like.
- PA +++++ , UVA’s protection layer is shown through PA levels. PA can have 1-5 pluses (+). Recently, products with 5 pluses came out (+++++). The more pluses you have, the higher protection layer you have.
Bellow are some common questions that will be covered in this article:
- What’s the right way to put on sun block so we can block the sun rays?
- What is the proper amount of sun block that we should put on?
Sunscreen MUST be applied 30 minutes before going outside
Same as toner and lotion, it takes time for sun block to soak into our skin. It takes at least 30 minutes for the sun block to soak into your skin evenly so it can effectively protect our skin. So you must put it on 30 minutes before you head out.
Apply an adequate amount & Allow time to absorb
You always have to apply the correct amount of sunscreen to have full protection. The suggested amount for the face is the size of a quarter or 1/2 tablespoon. Usually people do not put on the amount of sun block suggested. If you don’t put the suggested amount on, then the protection level drops to 25% of the actually protection. Don’t forget to put it on your neck as well. If you have your hair tied, then don’t forget to put it on the back of your neck.
Re-apply every 3 hours
Even if you put the suggested amount on, it doesn’t mean that it will last the whole day. Especially during the summer, we sweat more when we are outdoors, meaning your sunscreen can fade away faster. It can also be dissolved away by our sebum (oils), making it important to put on sun block every 3 hours. These days, many sun powders and air cushion products are out so you can put them on over your makeup.
Check your expiration date
Expiration date of sun blocks are usually for every 2 years before opening it but after, it’s good to use it within 1 year. It’s possible that sun blocks that has passed its’ expiration has gone bad, so please throw it away. Expired sunblock looses its protective power, making it unless.
One more tip is to store your sunscreen in the fridge, just like food, storing it in the fridge will prolong its life. Plus it will now have a refreshing cooling feeling when you apply it .
Check the protection level and use different sun blocks for different occasions.
As I said before, it doesn’t mean that the higher protection level you have, the better the product is. More than using a high levelled product, it’s important to put it on thoroughly and every 3 hours. If you are in the office, SPF20-30 is enough but PA needs to be at least ++. This is because UV rays do penetrate through the windows.
If you are going to stay outdoor for a long time or if you have plans to go-to the beach then you have to put on SPF50 and PA+++.
Many of you have asked if you should put on sun block even when you are using a BB cream that has SPF in it. It doesn’t matter if you will stay indoor but if you are going to go out, it’s important to put on sun creams that’s at least SPF30 and PA++ and BB cream after. You need to think of sun cream as your last step of skincare except when you are going to sleep.
Finding the best sunscreen for you
I know that many of you guys didn’t know if the sun block that you are using fits your skin type or not. So today, I want to introduce you the best sunscreen choices for all skin types. These sun blocks can be used by all skin types but if you use it for the right skin type, you can see a greater effect.
Dry & Sensitive Skin
I want to recommend Lei Lani’s sun block. It soaks into your skin well so that you can put it on top of your makeup also. So it’s especially good for those of you who wear makeup often. The texture is a cream type that is not oily. Not only is it good for protection of sun rays for it’s excellent for moisturizing. It blocks both UVA and UVB. It doesn’t give a white cast and it also is water resistant, so it’s good to use when you are doing outdoor activities.
Sensitive & Dehydrated Skin
I want to recommend COSRX sun cream. This is really moisturizing so even dry skin types can use it but it gives a fresh and silky feeling without stickiness afterwards. It has aloe extracts in it for strong sun protection and rich moisture to calm your skin The texture is very soft and it soaks in really well. It doesn’t give a white cast so for those of you who don’t like that, it’s perfect. And I’d like to recommend this sunscreen to the men who doesn’t like white cast and greasy feeling of general sunscreens.
Dull Dry & Combination Skin
I want to recommend Skin and Lab’s sun cream. This takes care of both sun protection and whitening. It has highly enriched vitamin C in it so it’s great to protect your damaged skin from the sun and also is excellent for whitening. It’s strong against sweat and water so even if you sweat a lot or spray mist, it doesn’t erase easily. Even if you put it on your body and go swimming, it will stay on.But if you do go in the water, it is important to re-apply is because water will dissolve the protective layer significantly.
As I said before, it’s good to put on sun cream even when you are indoors. But the protection level doesn’t have to be so high so let me introduce you to a sun block that you can use daily.
Oily, Acne Prone, Sensitive & All Skin Types
Klairs Mid-day Blue Sun Lotion. For those with oily sin, acne prone skin and sensitive skin, I would like to recommend the Klairs sun lotion. This unique sunscreen has a very light weight & hydrating formula that contains skin calming and soothing ingredients. It focuses on repairing stressed skin while providing gentle sun protection without clogging the pores. It unique natural blue tone brightens and lightly evens out the skin tone for a naturally illuminated and even complexion. While skin calming ingredients work to reduce redness, swelling and irritation for the perfect daily base for those with troubled skin!
Let me give you an additional tip to block the sun rays. It helps to wear loose clothes, dark colored clothes or wear a hate that can cover your face and neck. And for those of you who have makeup on and don’t want to put on sun cream over that, then it’s good to retouch with powder that has sun protection or air cushion products that have sun protection in it. But most importantly, let’s put on our sun block thoroughly. Let’s enough our summer to the fullest while we maintain our skin healthy!