I think one of the most common patterns I’ve noticed since working in the skincare industry is the under utilization of sunscreen. I’ve wondered, “Why is this the case?” Is it because it leaves a white residue on your face? Is it because we dislike the smell? Is it because it typically has an oily finish? Or is it simply because we don’t think we need it unless it’s summer?
The fact of the matter is that sunscreen is the absolute best thing that you can do to protect yourself from harmful UV exposure, happening rain or shine…. every single day.
Over the past two years, I personally have tried over a dozen sunscreens and I feel confident in saying, “there is a medical-grade sunscreen out there that is sooooo much better than the Coppertone you used to wear for beach days!” (Sorry Coppertone, you know it’s true, too.)
So what’s the difference in the products from the drugstore versus those carried at Faces in Bloom? Most drugstore sunscreens are only going to protect you from UVB rays. That’s great, because UVB rays are the main cause of sunburn and skin cancers, but did you know that there are UVA rays and blue light that can damage the skin as well? Yeah, neither did I…
What are these rays/lights and why do I need protection from all of them? Here’s the deal… it doesn’t matter whether you work outside in construction or sit at a desk from 9-5, we are always being exposed to toxic rays of some sort.
Here is a quick breakdown for you!
UVA rays = UV “AGING” Rays.
They’re known for:
– Permeating plastic and glass (you are not safe from these rays if you’re indoors, as their effects pass through windows)
– Penetrating deep into the skin (they infiltrate the dermis, causing severe collagen and elastin damage)
– Their prevalence within the environment (there are 500x more UVA rays than UVB rays that reach the Earth’s surface)
– Being a key player in the formation of fine lines and deep wrinkles
– Resulting in immediate sunburn
UVB rays = UV “BURNING” Rays
They’re known for:
– Causing skin cancer (damaging DNA within the epidermis)
– Mole formation (malignant melanomas)
– Resulting in delayed sunburn and blistering
High Energy Visible Light = BLUE LIGHT
It’s known for:
– Penetrating into the dermis (much like UVA rays)
– It’s visual properties (this light can be seen by the naked eye)
– It’s correlation with SMART devices (it is emitted by our cell phones, televisions, computers, and tablets)
– The trendy glasses that you can wear to protect your vision from it’s harmful effects
OUR TIPS FOR PROTECTION
– When choosing a sunscreen, look for
– SPF 30 or higher rating, as this filters out 97% of UVB rays
– Labeled “broad spectrum” as they provide coverage against UVA rays, UVB rays, blue light, and infrared light
– One that suites your skin type and desired finish
At Faces in Bloom, we carry pore-filling, matte, dewy, coverage, and no coverage SPFs. Here are my personal favorites, in no particular order:
1) ZO Broad-Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50
What I love about the ZO Broad-Spectrum SPF 50 is how lightweight it is. It is infused with customizable color beads that help create a universal tint for all skin tones. This sunscreen is truly undetectable and does not give the appearance of a foundation, yet it blurs pores and makes skin look flawless. You will receive compliments that your skin is, “just so naturally perfect.” This SPF is a real-life filter.
Best for: someone desiring a subtle tint, low coverage, dewy finish.
2) Skinbetter Science Sunbetter TONE SMART SPF 68 Compact
A sunscreen compact?! With SPF 68?! Give me ten!! This sunscreen is a hands down favorite, and for good reason. The compact application goes on buttery smooth and gives medium to full coverage,alleviating the need to apply a foundation afterwards. This SPF is 100% mineral, chemical-free; comprised of just zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Labeled as an effective broad spectrum sunscreen by the Skin Cancer Foundation, it protects against all forms of damaging light.
Best for: someone desiring a tinted, high coverage, demi-matte finish to potentially replace their foundation.
3) Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 Sunscreen
One of our most popular sunscreens is the Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50. This moisturizing, broad spectrum sunscreen is packed with antioxidants, leaving the skin with a healthy, natural glow. Available in one, blendable shade, this product is guaranteed to match all skin types. It can be used on its own or can be applied under makeup for extra UV protection. Setting this SPF with a transparent powder can make skin look breathtaking.
Best for: someone desiring a subtle tint, medium coverage, dewy finish.
Please reach out with questions or book a skincare consultation so that we can assist you in finding your perfect SPF!
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