Should I Wear Sunscreen Every Day?
We get it: your first and not-so-fondest memory of sunscreen was being slathered head to toe in the stuff. It was greasy. It was chalky. It smelled like chemicals. Which is why, even though you hear about all its benefits and wearing sunscreen everyday results, you still ask the question: "Should I wear sunscreen every day?" But, sunscreen, just like you, has come a long way, and we're happy to answer all your questions on wearing sunscreen daily and provide insight into how you can add face moisturizer with SPF into your daily routine.
What does SPF mean? SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This is a scale that indicates how long a sunscreen will defend against harmful UV rays.
What's the recommended sunscreen SPF? SPFs range in number from 2 to 100+. And, more doesn't always equal better, that's why Dr. Murad recommends an SPF of 30 for everyday sun protection. If you're curious about which SPF is right for you, experience our virtual skin analysis to reveal your 100% customized skincare products in under 5 minutes!
What's broad-spectrum sunscreen mean? It means your SPF protects against UVA rays ("aging") and UVB rays ("burning").
What's the difference between mineral vs. chemical sunscreens? The topic of sunscreen may already be confusing, but it can be more overwhelming hearing the words mineral and chemical sunscreens. Understanding what they mean and how they work, however, is crucial to finding the right one to protect your skin. Mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreen, are made of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide and are well-suited for any skin type. Mineral sunscreen works by resting on the surface of the skin to deflect UVA and UVB rays from your skin.
So, while mineral sunscreens rest on the surface, chemical sunscreens work differently. Chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays and convert them to heat and release them from your skin. Its active sunscreen ingredients, octinoxate and avobenzone are lightweight, non-chalky, and dermatologist recommended. Both types are effective and will protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun, it’s a matter of preference.
UV light isn't the only light that causes skin damage and visible signs of skin aging. Blue light exposure from excessive screen time can also take its toll on any skin type, which is why skipping sunscreen is never an option. Choose a sunscreen product like our City Skin™ Age Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 50 | PA++++ that is 100% mineral sunscreen, for maximum protection against blue light damage and other harmful UV rays.
How much SPF should I apply? Think a quarter-size for your face, neck, and chest, and one ounce (the size of a shot glass) for your body. When it comes to the right order to apply skincare products, sunscreen should be your last, and most important step.
Should I wear sunscreen every day? One word: YES! Blue light and UVA rays are always strong, rain or shine. Sun exposure is so powerful that it can penetrate through clothes and windows. Sunscreens are now so advanced that they wear like your favorite moisturizer and fit any skin type and skin tone like a glove. And, boast benefits for your skin, including oil control, hydration, brightening, antioxidant protection, blue light defense, wrinkle prevention, and fights against dark spots. Shop Murad's sunscreen that morphs into skincare and feels so good, you'll have no problem wearing sunscreen daily.