How Important is it to Wear Sunscreen?
Tweaking your skincare wardrobe for the colder seasons is essential but hold on a second, don’t put that bottle of daily sunscreen at the back of your bathroom cabinet. Summer might be coming to an end but the ultraviolet (UV) radiation is here to stay. That’s why sunscreen is one of the most important steps in every skincare regimen, any day of the year. When applied and reapplied correctly, sun protection products help safeguard the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays. These harmful effects include premature aging, sun spots, wrinkles, rough skin, sunburns and skin cancer. Sunscreen should be applied all year round, regardless of how sunny it is. The invisible but always present UV radiation can be damaging even on cloudy and grey days, as up to 80% of the sun’s UV rays still reach the earth.
What are The Types of UV rays?
There are two types of UV rays which can affect skin and it is crucial to protect your skin from two of their forms. Look for the words ”broad spectrum” on the label of the sunscreen.
- UVB rays – mainly responsible for sunburns, they play a key role in developing skin cancer.
- UVA rays – can penetrate deeper into the skin which can lead to significant and long-term concerns, such as photodamage and premature aging.
What is Chemical Sunscreen vs Physical Sunscreen
Sunscreen products are formulated with active ingredients that prevent the radiation from reaching the skin.
- Chemical sunscreen ingredients – absorb the UV rays and stop them from penetrating the skin. Some of the most popular chemical sunscreen ingredients are Avobenzone, Octisalate and Oxybenzone.
- Physical (also known as mineral) sunscreen filters – these ingredients block the UV rays before they penetrate the skin. They include the minerals Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide that reflect the sun’s UV rays and both offer broad-spectrum protection. Mineral sunscreen is more suitable for people with sensitive, acne- and redness-prone skin and is usually recommended for children, as well.
What Does SPF Rating Stand For?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor and the number beside it indicates how well the sunscreen protects your skin against sunburn. SPF 50+ filters about 98% of UVB rays, while SPF 30 filters about 97%, so there is a very small difference between them. SPF 15 filters out approximately 93% of the incoming UVB rays. No SPF can block 100% of the UV rays.
Our Best Sunscreens All Year Round
Even short exposure to UV rays can be harmful during any season and any part of the day, even indoors. Protecting the skin from the dangerous UV radiation is vital for keeping its healthy and youthful look for longer. Make sure to use a generous amount of sunscreen and reapply it every two hours for the best protection.
Mario Badescu’s Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 offers broad-spectrum protection, thanks to physical sunscreen filters, which makes it ideal for every skin type, including the most sensitive ones. This lightweight and fast-absorbing formula with added Hyaluronic Acid and botanicals keeps the skin protected and hydrated while providing a calming effect, thanks to the content of antioxidants. The product is reef-safe and specially composed to be non-drying and fragrance-free to suit even blemish-prone skin.
If you prefer an oil-free chemical sunscreen, the soothing and antioxidant-rich formula of Mario Badescu’s Oil Free Moisturizer SPF 30, might be the one for you. The combination of ingredients works to hydrate, protect and soothe the skin while even helping to balance the oil production and minimize the appearance of pores.
Our oil-free Aloe Moisturizer SPF 15 and Hyaluronic Moisturizer SPF 15 are by far our most lightweight everyday sunscreens in the range. With soothing and hydrating ingredients, they can help to visibly reduce post-inflammatory pigmentation to keep even oily and blemish-prone skin hydrated, bouncy and protected.
And because luminous skin is always in, you can now enjoy the summer glow even during the winter. Mario Badescu’s Summer Shine Body Lotion is enriched with Vitamin A and a subtle shimmer to enhance skin’s radiance for a beautiful candlelit glow, all year round.