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How to Choose Sunscreen (Do You Know What You’re Looking For?)

For the purposes of younger and healthier skin, you will want a sunscreen that protects and serves, all year round. We’re big believers in sunscreen, even in the winter, because UV rays must be fought no matter the weather!


1. What are UVA and UVB Rays?

woman with sunscreen

Make sure you are paying attention to the SPF label; in general, anything between 15 and 50 is sufficient. People with fairer skin should aim higher on the SPF scale as they are more quickly to burn. Ultraviolet A rays can delve deep into the skin’s thickets layers, while UVB rays cause damage to the outer layers of the skin.

Both UVA and UVB rays have the ability to cause skin cancer over time, and UVA rays cause wrinkles and speed up signs of aging. Sunburns are caused by UVB rays, and sunburns are unhealthy for the skin as they also make signs of aging prevalent. “Broad-Spectrum” labels mean that the sunscreen you chose is solid protection all-year-round.

SPF 30 sunscreens defend against 97% of the sun’s UVB rays, and it’s important to remember there is no such thing as 100% protection when it comes to sun rays, as it is impossible to avoid them altogether. Certainly, the more you can do the better!

2. Make Sure You Know Your Ingredients

We want to avoid very chemical ingredients in our sunscreen; there are chemicals in many sunscreens believed by some scientists to lead to eventual (slow and steady) cancer. Try to look for natural ingredients as they are best for anti-aging and they are effectively soothing and less irritating to the skin. For the most part, aim for sunscreen that is fragrance free. Just like most preferred moisturizers, it’s best for a simpler recipe when it comes to anything used on your skin!

Protective Day Cream from Alchimie Forever is a great lightweight moisturizer for sun protection that is also an anti-aging treatment! Alchimie Forever uses their signature ingredient, the European Blueberry, along with Vitamin C and E to fight signs of aging, protect from fine lines AND protect from the sun all at the same time. This a great, light moisturizer, good for any skin type and especially good for those with oily skin.

3. You Can Build Your Sunscreen Into Your Makeup Routine

woman applying makeup

SPF makeup has sun protection built-in to it; lipsticks, chapsticks and foundations. Make sure you apply a decent sunscreen beneath your foundation, regardless. This is the best way to really have all your bases covered. Now, normally sunscreen requires reapplication, and if you have makeup on it is less likely you are going to start over from scratch mid-day. In this case we recommend a makeup setting spray with SPF.

If you are someone who uses minimal makeup, just apply sunscreen beneath your regular moisturizer and you’re good to go! When applying sunscreen make sure you don’t neglect your neck and ears as well.


4. Know What Type of Skin You Have

As we mentioned above, fairer skin is quicker to burn and therefore requires higher SPF. For anti-aging purposes, we want a sunscreen that has anti-oxidant properties so as to make the most of the sunscreen! For olive skin, there are also tinted sunscreens that don’t leave behind a white residue on the face. For oily skin, invest in a lighter, oil-free formula and for dry skin, try something creamier and moisturizing. If the sunscreen has labels such as “non-comedogenic” or “will not clog pores” that’s a good sign!

Wondering how to look younger than your age while protecting your skin? Protect the skin from cancers and burns, as well as from rapid aging using the right sunscreen. UV rays can damage elastin and collagen in the skin; so, we want something geared towards protecting the skin from this as well. Remember that sunscreen is actually an integral part of your skincare routine, and investing in a lasting and geared-to-your-skin product will be more beneficial in the long run.

E.L.F Beautifully Bare Foundation Serum is super lightweight and offers full-coverage for all skin types. For restoration and skin protection, it’s infused with ample amounts of our favourite ingredients: Vitamin A, C, & E, Grape Seed Oil, Pomegranate Oil, and Goji Berry.

5. Water Resistance is a Good Quality

Actually a great quality, in your sunscreen. Daily use of sunscreen can protect you from skin cancer, sunburns, and malasma. If you can find a sunscreen that is also water-resistant you’ll be a full step ahead of those who have to go through numerous reapplications a day. If it can withstand the water, you don’t have anything to worry about when you are out for a swim! Most water-resistant sunscreens are also sweat-resistant, which is great for when you are laying around in the heat anyway!


It’s also best to find a sunscreen that was more recently manufactured, as the more fresh it is, the more potent the product. Don’t get a sunscreen close to expiry and certainly do not use sunscreen after it has expired! More times than I’d like to admit, I have skimped on using sunscreen and let it waste away in the back of my closet. What a waste of something that could have been so helpful!

If your sunscreen stings when you put it on, it’s not right for you. When it comes to sunscreen (and skincare in general, really) it’s so important to invest in a worthy product rather than a cheaper one. This doesn’t mean only shop for the priciest, not at all, but certainly don’t allow price do be the core motivator when it comes to taking good care of your skin’s health. It is best to invest in an effective product than trial and error with multiple cheaper products.



5 thoughts on “How to Choose Sunscreen (Do You Know What You’re Looking For?)

  1.  I didn’t realize that sunscreens were so different and it’s best to research before you use, I don’t use sunscreen all the time, I see that it is a very important part of a person’s routine.

    As for skin type, I just assumed always get the higher SPF rating, so it is nice to know the differences and what to look for when choosing a sunscreen for myself. Good to know!


  2. Sunscreens are really helpful with the right ingredients. They are meant to protect us from the harming effects of the sun but what happens when what we trust to protect us is actually in fact harming us instead. Since I usually use sunscreen, I think that I need to really be aware of the risks and look out for the ingredients and watch out for chemicals too. This is really helpful. Thank you for this tips!

  3. Awesome article about sunscreen as an anti-aging solution, this is information everybody needs and then they need it repeated again and again because it is so important.  From both an anti-aging angle and a health angle, we need to protect ourselves from the harmful rays of the sun.  I really learned a lot from this post, I had NO idea there was SPF makeup, that is brilliant, I am going to investigate this further because although I do use a face sunscreen everyday, I love the idea of added protection from my make up, especially lipstick.  I currently use a SPF chapstick that is clear I would much prefer a creamy lipstick with a pop of color! Do you recommend any natural SPF lipsticks?  I would love to be pointed in the right direction.  Thanks again for all the info.

  4. Good advice to wear sunscreen under foundation even if that foundation contains an SPF factor because we tend to use foundation thinly and not necessarily all over the face. Another thing to remember is that the higher the factor of sunscreen, the less vitamin D your body will be able to make from natural UV exposure so you need to make sure you’re getting enough in your diet, either from eating oily fish a couple of times a week, or from a supplement.

  5. Hello, I must say that this article is very helpful and informative. My wife enjoys sun-bathing outdoors but she is using low-quality preparations although they are bought in the pharmacy. She often gets these freckles after being in the sun which indicated that cream is not good. She hadn’t researched them on the net so I will gladly recommend her this article.

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