The One (but Very Crucial) Mistake You Might Be Making with Sunscreen By Jenny Jin | Apr. 13, 2022
If you wear sunscreen daily, congratulations. You’re already ahead of the curve with your skincare routine. Along with washing your face and moisturizing, it is one of the most important things you can do to maintain the health of your skin over time.
Let’s move on to best sunscreen practices. Aside from wearing it every day, and ideally reapplying it every few hours when you’re outdoors, you’ve likely heard that sunscreen should always be applied as the very last step of your skincare routine. And while this is certainly true for mineral sunscreens, it turns out it’s not the best practice for chemical SPFs.
A QUICK PAUSE HERE TO TALK ABOUT THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN MINERAL AND CHEMICAL SUNSCREENS...
Put simply, chemical sunscreens absorb into your skin, whereas physical sunscreens sit on top of it. More specifically, chemical sunscreens use ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate and avobenzone to create a chemical reaction (hence the name) that changes UV rays into heat that is then released from the skin. Physical sunscreens use ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to block UV rays from penetrating through your skin in the first place.For a chemical sunscreen to do its job properly, it needs to get into your skin—which is why the order of application is important here. When using a chemical sunscreen, it should go on before your moisturizer, so there isn't anything getting in the way of its absorption (i.e., ingredients from your moisturizer that could prevent or minimize absorption of the chemical blockers).
Prefer to use a mineral or physical sunscreen? Cool, proceed as usual and continue to apply them as the last step of your routine since they’re formulated to reflect light off the surface of your skin.
And if you really want to go the extra mile, we’d suggest topping things off with a cute summer hat for added protection.
Staying hydrated and maintaining a healthy diet is an important step towards healthy skin, and some foods have the same skin revitalizing ingredients as topical skin care products. India Times detailed some antioxidant and vitamin-rich foods that can contribute to healthier skin.
Eggs have proteins, multivitamins and lutein to help repair skin tissues. Egg yolk contains fatty acids that can provide moisture to the skin.
Dark chocolate contains minerals like copper, zinc and iron that helps remove dead skin cells. Consuming dark chocolate can also reduce sun damage and provide a smooth texture to the skin.
Avocado is a rich source of vitamin C and vitamin E, a standard ingredient in skin care products for its ability to reduce wrinkles and even skin tone. The vitamins and fats in avocado help with skin repair and can treat conditions like acne and eczema.
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