Updated: Aug 13, 2020
As we all know it, nailing down your skincare routine can be somewhat of a challenge. But now you're being told to: "Apply SPF as the LAST step of your skincare routine".
WHAAAAAAAT? It's not optional? I have to put it on AND re-apply every 2 hours?!
Although the most tempting thing to do (especially during the summer months) is to grab your purse and head out the front door, let me ask you again: "Did you put sunscreen on your face as the last step of your skincare routine? Will you be away for a while? Did you bring some with you to re-apply later?"
I mean, you certainly don't HAVE to (and no judgement if you don't). But if you want to protect your skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, avoid hyper pigmentation and advanced signs of aging you might want to read the rest of this!
Here's what you need to know in a nutshell:
SPF means Sun Protection Factor
UVB causes redness and sunburn to the skin. This is the only thing SPF will protect your skin from.
UVA means Ultra-violet A. For a very long time, we didn't truly understand how bad UVA rays could damage our skin. By the way, the UV energy produced by the sun is mostly composed of UVA rays. Although UVA doesn't necessarily cause burns and rednesses, it can severely damage your skin cells. The main concern for us in the skincare world, is that this bad boy actually speeds up aging! Which means we are more susceptible to fine lines and wrinkles, sun spots (hyperpigmentation) and it causes our skin to loose that elasticity that we so dearly try to preserve!
Did you know? UVA rays can still penetrate through your windows. So even if you're more of a homebody and stay indoors most days, applying your SPF is just as important.
A reminder: UVB - BURNS & UVA - Ages
There's an endless amount of choices of different sunscreens out there, but the most important thing is to actually APPLY and RE-APPLY.
At the end of the day, it's totally up to you! Just to let you know, you will still definitely tan even with sunscreen!