We live in Indonesia and UV exposure levels are high in this part of the world!
Consistent use of a suncreen is the most important skincare step for skin rejuvenation. Yes you read that right – the most important!
This should be started as soon as you can and last until whenever! The sun produces UVA and UVB rays. UVB causes redness, sunburn and skin cancer. UVA goes deeper into the skin and destroys collagen and elastine and leads to hyperpigmentation.
Both UV rays accelerate skin aging: less exposure, the better.
Types of sunscreens
There are two types of sunscreen: chemical UV ray absorbers and physical blockers.
The physical block sunscreens contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, which protect the skin by reflecting, scattering or absorbing UV rays. We prefer and recommend the physical block sunscreen with the the two above mentioned ingredients.
What does SPF mean?
SPF is the sun protection factor, basically the rate of a sunscreen in the ability to block UVB rays. Any SPF between 15 and 30 is adequate for daily use. SPF 15 blocks about 93% and SPF about 97%.
How to use sunscreens
Sunscreens can come in many forms, such as: gels, creams, lotions and sprays. Gels and lotions are usually less greasy. The best way is to use them is to apply every 4 hours, or after some activities (sports / outdoors).
Use your nourishment products before applying sunscreen, and use your make up above your sunscreen, if you are going to be in the sun for a longer period of time.
Some sunscreens are incorporated in a broader range of make up. However foundation makeup with SPF only gives so much protection. It is better to wear a sunscreen product of SPF15 or higher underneath the make up.