Most aestheticians will tell you that an important part of your skincare routine is sunscreen, AND IT IS.   I sometimes find it challenging to work sunscreen into my routine because many use ingredients that cause me to breakout, mostly on my forehead and cheeks.  A lot of people face this similar issue and skip sunscreen all together (tisk, tisk).  The best place to start when it comes to choosing the best one for you is to know your skin type.

Skin Type

If you’re skin is on the combination/oily side, you want to avoid products that are of a thicker consistency or in a stick form.  These will create the perfect atmosphere for your skin to breakout.  You want to try products that are more on the thinner/fluid/serum side.  You can also find moisturizers that are created for oily or acne prone skin that contain an SPF in them.  It lessens your odds of breaking out. If your skin is on the dryer side and you tend to break out in milias (small blackheads that have a layer of skin over them, so they look like hard white bumps) the same rule applies, don’t got for thick creams.

What is SPF?

What does SPF mean anyway? It stands for Sun Protection Factor.  The numbers that follow signify the amount of time you would be protected after the point of which your skin would become reddened.  So if like me, after 20 minutes you’re already starting to redden, an SPF of 15 would keep me protected for 300 minutes, 20×15.

Ones to Try

A few that I’ve tried successfully are Peter Thomas Roth Max Sheer All Day Moisture Defense SPF 30 (of course, my love of PTR never stops) DDF, Doctor’s Dermatologic Formula, any of their daytime moisturizers contain SPF 15.  You can always find some of their products at TJ Maxx or Marshalls, otherwise they retail for $40 and up.  Lastly, a very good one Clarins UV Plus HP Broad Spectrum SPF 40.  I like to use this under my daytime moisturizer or mixed in, a little goes a long way.   Look for something that has at least an SPF of 15 and don’t rely on your makeup to give you the protection you want and need for your skin.   You would have to layer so much to get the true protection of the sunscreen you might as well wear a mask.

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