You wouldn’t hit the beach without applying a generous coating of sunscreen — and then reapplying every two hours after that – right? But do you wear SPF on non-beach days, too? What about the days when you’re working in the office and stepping outside only to grab lunch? Do you wear sunscreen on cloudy days? If you answered yes to those questions, congrats! You’re doing an excellent service for your skin.
But if you didn’t answer ‘yes,’ you may wonder ‘why should I wear SPF daily’? In short, you’re protecting your complexion from small hits of sun damage that build up over time, causing changes on the skin’s surface in the form of fine lines, wrinkles, brown spots (from sun damage) and loss of firmness and radiance. It’s safe to say that sunscreen is the most important part of your daily skincare routine. Let’s answer your top questions about sunscreen, including, “what is the best sunscreen for my skin? and, “when do I put on SPF?”
Why Is It Important To Use SPF?
The sun emits two kinds of rays, UVA and UVB. UVB rays are short but intense wavelengths. These rays are what cause skin to burn and can also contribute to some skin cancers. UVA rays are longer wavelengths that penetrate deeper into the skin, damaging it on a cellular level. These are the rays associated with premature skin aging and skin cancers. Both rays are present year-round, but during the winter months, UVB rays are weaker while UVA rays remain the same. So, if you’re wondering, “why should I wear SPF in the winter?” It’s because whether it’s a snowy day in January or a sunny one in July, you’re still getting a strong dose of skin-aging UVA rays. UVA rays can penetrate through clouds, fog and glass. So, if you’re driving in your car or you sit near a window in your office without adequate sun protection, you’re getting UVA exposure indoors, too.
How to Protect Skin Year-Round
To protect skin against both UVA and UVB — no matter the season or weather — you want to look for sunscreen ingredients that say, “broad spectrum.” That means it protects against both wavelengths. Sunscreen filters are divided into two main categories: chemical and mineral. What is the difference between chemical and mineral SPF? Chemical sunscreens get absorbed by the skin and then convert UV rays to heat. That heat gets released through the skin — without the damage. Chemical UV filters include oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Mineral filters (a.k.a. physical sunscreens), such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, work a little differently. They sit on the skin’s surface and physically block and reflect UV rays. All Perricone MD sunscreen products contain mineral sunscreen filters.
The Best Perricone MD Sunscreen For Your Skin
Sunscreen comes in many different forms: creams, lotions, sprays, powders — even mixed within moisturizers and makeup. Choosing the right one is often a matter of personal preference, but you can also use your skin type and skin care needs as your guide. For example, certain filters are better for you if you have sensitive skin than others. Or, you can find a multi-tasking sunscreen that tackles specific skin issues as it protects against UV rays. Below, ID the SPF that suits your skin type and needs.
If you have sensitive skin
Sunscreens can be tricky for those who are easily irritated by topical products. Chemical sunscreen ingredients can burn and sting and leave skin visibly red. Because of that, mineral filters (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide) are your best bet. But you can go one step further and use sunscreen that includes calming ingredients. The new Hypoallergenic CBD Sensitive Skin Therapy Ultra-Lightweight Calming SPF 35 Veil is strong on protection and gentle on your skin. This ultra-lightweight sunscreen is designed to provide sun protection without causing skin sensitivity. Unlike a moisturizer with SPF, this formula is considered a veil — light enough to be layered on top of your moisturizer. After moisturizing, apply the SPF veil to the face and neck and massage it into the skin until fully absorbed.
The star calming ingredient is Cannabidiol (CBD), derived from the hemp plant. You’ve probably heard a lot about cannabinoid oil (CBD) recently, known for its calming properties. Perricone MD uses 99% pure Cannabidiol or CBD isolate, free of impurities, to help keep skin happy, soft and hydrated.
If you have dull skin
This moisturizer with SPF is combined with the skin-brightening power of Vitamin C Ester, a signature science that provides a potent, stable form of vitamin C. It works to visibly boost radiance and smoothness while reducing the appearance of discoloration over time. Vitamin C is also an antioxidant, which gives additional skin coverage against environmental damage. Paired with sunscreen, this combo provides ultimate skin protection so you get moisturizing and skin-brightening benefits plus sunscreen in one easy step.
If you have fine lines and wrinkles
This moisturizer with SPF includes antioxidants such as the powerful Alpha-Lipoic Acid. It works to protect skin from environmental aggressors and visibly smooth and minimize lines, wrinkles and other skin imperfections. It also gives skin a more even appearance, while broad spectrum mineral sunscreen with SPF 30 protects skin from UVA and UVB rays. In addition, the formula contains pigmented capsules that burst and slowly release tint upon application for a well-blended, skin-tone matching color. You can wear it alone or as a base layer for your usual foundation, giving skin a more luminous finish.
The Finishing Touch
Sunscreen is not a seasonal product—it’s not even a sunny day product. Instead, sun protection requires a year-round commitment on even the cloudiest of days. Now, finding a sunscreen formula that you like using has never been easier.