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 to skin, 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, including, ”Should I wear sunscreen every day?”
What does SPF mean?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor. This is a scale that indicates how long a sunscreen will defend against damaging ultraviolet (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 protection. If you’re curious about which SPF is right for you, speak with your dermatologist or skincare professional.
What’s broad spectrum mean?
It means your SPF protects against UVA (“aging”) and UVB (“burning”) rays.
What’s the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens?
Mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, are made of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. They work by resting on the skin to block UV rays. Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays and release them as heat. Physical sunscreens used to be notorious for being chalky and thick, but today’s scientifically advanced formulas are blendable and as undetectable as moisturizer.
What’s the story with blue light and skin damage?
UV light isn’t the only light that causes skin damage and visible signs of aging. Blue light from excessive screen time can also take its toll, which is why sunscreens should be worn indoors and outdoors, 365 days a year.
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.
Should I wear sunscreen every day?
One word: YES! UVA rays are always strong, rain or shine. They’re also so powerful they can penetrate through clothes and windows. Sunscreens are now so advanced that they wear like your favorite moisturizer and fit your skin type like a glove. And, boast benefits for your skin, including oil control, hydration, brightening, antioxidant protection, blue light defense, and wrinkle fighting. Shop Murad’s SPFs that morph into skincare and feel so good, you’ll want to wear them daily.