Sunscreen 101: Everything You Need To Know

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Sunscreen 101: Everything You Need To Know

By Hanna Yowell

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The Core Four is the basis of any good routine. If you’re in the business of spring cleaning your skincare, scaling back to these four is a good place to start. SPF is part of The Core Four as the final step in your routine.
SPF, Explained

Everyone under the sun should wear sunscreen—no matter your skin tone. Choose an SPF 30+ Broad Spectrum sunscreen to protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVB rays are the culprit of burning, while UVA rays are the culprit of aging. Both can cause skin cancer.

We advise wearing SPF every single day—making sure to apply 30 minutes prior to sun exposure and reapplying every two hours. You’ll need one ounce (about a shot glass full) for a full-body application. Slather SPF on all exposed skin, from head to toe

The Different Types of Sunscreen

There are two main types of sunscreen: physical and chemical. Physical sunscreen blocks and scatters the sun’s rays, while chemical sunscreen absorbs UV rays before they can cause damage.

80% of skin’s aging comes from the sun. Sunscreen truly is the best “anti-aging” product on the market.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen
For Makeup Wearers

Get full sun protection while creating a mattifying effect on the skin to control shine. This product easily mists on (no rubbing required), so re-application is a cinch.

Defense Refresh (Re)Setting Mist SPF 40

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Defense Refresh (Re)Setting Mist SPF 40

Refresh your sunscreen coverage in a flash with this protective setting mist.

Hyperpigmentation

For Multitasking Efficiency

Adding a daily sun protection into your routine is a no-brainer with this 2-in-1 moisturizer & SPF hybrid. Whether you’re new to a daily SPF or simply trying to streamline your routine, this is a great pick.

Prevention+ Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50

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Prevention+ Daily Ultimate Protection Moisturizer SPF 50

A daily moisturizer and SPF in one that protects from sun damage while deeply nourishing.

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For Acne-Prone Skin

Hydrate and protect in one with an antioxidant-rich body oil that doesn’t leave skin feeling oily and sticky. This luxe, protective oil provides a no-vacation-needed glow.

Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam SPF 50

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Sun-Defying Sunscreen Oil with Meadowfoam SPF 50

Nothing like your mom's sun tan oil from the '80s, this oil is safe, protective, and hydrating.

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For Easily Irritated, Sensitive Skin

Get full sun protection while creating a mattifying effect on the skin to control shine. This product easily mists on (no rubbing required), so re-application is a cinch.

Mattescreen SPF 40

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Mattescreen SPF 40

This 100% mineral primer blends smoothly and blurs pores to create a matte, protective finish.

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Daily SPF is Essential

Sunscreen isn’t just for days outside. UVA rays can penetrate your windows, plus blue light from your screens may cause skin damage—so make sure to wear SPF indoors as well.

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