Everything You Need to Know About Sunblock Ingredients and How They Work
Hey sunny beauties!
You already know the importance of protecting yourself from the sun’s UV rays. Proper use of sunblock plays a huge role in prevention of skin cancer. But with all of the options on the market, which one is right for you? How often should you wear it? And what ingredients in sunblock make it actually work?
What is Sunblock and How Does it Work?
Although most people use ‘sunblock’ and ‘sunscreen’ interchangeably, there is actually a difference! Sunblock does just that – it blocks (aka reflects) the sun’s UV rays, while sunscreen absorbs the UV rays.
We recommend reaching for a mineral based sunblock. The two primary ingredients are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which both reflect harmful UVA and UVB rays back into the atmosphere. This makes it the most effective choice in preventing sun damage to your skin.
Choosing the Right Sunblock
In order to protect our skin, it’s important to find the right sunblock. We always recommend looking for a label that says, ‘broad-spectrum protection,’ because it works against both UVA and UVB rays.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, keep an eye out for an oil-free formula. If you find that a certain brand irritates your skin, then that’s a good time to test out another. Sometimes it takes a little experimentation to find the right one – but it’s well worth it.
When to Wear It
The answer is simple – wear it very day! Regardless of what climate you’re in, it’s so important to protect your skin at all times (that’s right, even on cloudy days when you can’t see the sun!) Never skip areas that are most exposed to the sun, like your face or legs. Ladies, you can even apply an oil-free sunblock before your makeup – or better yet, find a foundation with a good SPF.
That’s it, beauties! By following these steps, you will help reduce the risk of pre-mature aging and skin cancer – and keep your skin looking radiant.
Are you an avid sunblock user? If you answered no, then remember it’s never too late to start.