We’ve all been told time and time again that we should be wearing SPF each day. But why do we need sun protection year-round? How does sunscreen work? And how do we find the best sun cream? One that ticks every box – an SPF that feels beautiful to apply, doesn’t leave a whitecast, sits well under makeup, cares for the skin, and protects and effectively shields from harmful UV rays.
Australia’s leading natural skincare brand has, at long last, produced the answer. Keep reading to find out how often you should apply sunscreen, how it works, and where to find the best SPF for you.
Physical vs chemical sunscreen: how does sunscreen work?
You may be wondering how sunscreen works. Let us explain!
The main difference between Chemical and Physical sunscreen is the way they treat the UV rays. Chemical sunscreen absorbs the UV rays, whereas Physical sunscreen acts as a barrier and reflects the UV rays altogether.
The most common ingredient used in physical sunscreens is Zinc Oxide. However, don’t let this put you off! We’ve come a long way from the days of sportspeople adding stripes to their noses on the field. Sukin have worked tirelessly to create a formula that is sheer-touch and won’t leave a white cast.
What are UV rays?
UV comprises of UVA and UVB rays, both of which are of detriment to the skin. UVA is associated with ageing of the skin, while UVB is associated with sunburn.
This in mind, it’s important to choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen (broad spectrum meaning the product protects against both UVA and UVB rays) with an SPF of at least 30, like Sukin’s new SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreens.
How often should you apply sunscreen?
To effectively protect skin from the dangers of UV rays, you need to apply SPF every day.
While we’re taught from an early age to apply sunscreen during long days spent at the beach or beside the pool, it’s equally important to apply SPF daily throughout the winter months. UV is still high when the weather is overcast, meaning the sun can still damage the skin in the depths of winter.
In addition to using SPF, you should also avoid the sun between peak hours, and wear a hat and other clothing to limit sun exposure.
How much sunscreen to apply
Apply sunscreen to clean skin in the morning, leaving around 20 minutes between applying sun protection and exposing your skin to UV rays.
While there is no set rule on the specific amount of sunscreen you need to apply, you should use a generous amount – enough to cover your entire face, neck and decolletage, or any other areas exposed to the sun. We recommend using 1 teaspoon!
Don’t forget your hands, as these are often the first area of the body to show signs of ageing and are almost always exposed to the sun – particularly if you’re driving!
What is the best sunscreen to use?
Looking for the best SPF? We have a long checklist when it comes to a great sunscreen!
The best sun cream should:
- Block the sun using minerals, not chemicals
- Care for the skin as it protects it from UV rays
- Feel beautiful on its own and beneath makeup
- Can’t leave a whitecast
Sukin’s SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen uses minerals to block the sun, not chemicals. It harnesses the broad-spectrum sun protection powers of natural Zinc Oxide to protect the skin – and that’s not all!
While the Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen protects the skin from the superficial ageing and skin conditions associated with UVA and UVB rays, it also cares for it with an antioxidant-rich blend of Rosehip Oil, Green Tea and Cucumber. Plus, it feels weightless on the skin, serving as both the perfect base for makeup or a sheer coverage base on its own.
This fluid sunscreen is available in a colourless formula and tinted shades, ensuring all skin types are covered (literally) with no whitecast. Adhering to Sukin’s strict NO List, the SPF30 Sheer Touch Facial Sunscreen is completely free from synthetic fragrances, harsh detergents, sulphates, parabens, mineral oils, and animal derivatives.