Skin Care

Sun Kissed Skin

Spring has finally arrived here in Vancouver, BC. The sun is shining with temperatures up to 20 degrees, it is patio season! But this also means sunscreen sunscreen sunscreen (btw sunscreen should be something that you wear on your face everyday regardless if it’s “sunny” or not)! It’s better late than never but if you haven’t already added an SPF Moisturizer or protection to your skin care routine, now may be the best time to start! To start this off, we have to understand what exactly we are trying to protect ourselves from and what exactly does SPF or Sun Protection Factor do?

There are two types of UV/Ultra-violet rays that come from the sun. There are the UVA and UVB. Both can cause hard to your skin! UVA are the rays that are mostly responsible for tanning your skin. UVA rays can penetrate deep into your skin layers and also contribute to aging and wrinkles. UVB rays are more surface level, which are also the rays that cause your skin to burn. Both UVA and UVB rays can contribute to skin cancer, which is all the reason why we need to protect our skin! When looking for skin care products, look for ones that are protecting from both kinds of rays to get full protection. Although these rays are not visible to the human eye, they are still there and can affect your skin. This is why even though it is not sunny out, there are still UV rays and you should be aware of this throughout the year.

Now what is SPF? SPF is the Sun Protecting Factor of a product. To understand how SPF works, you also need to know how approximately how long it takes for your skin to burn. If there is a sunscreen that SPF30, and it takes your skin 10 mins to burn, then the SPF30 means that it will take your skin 30 times longer than for it to burn. BUT this should not mean that you apply your sunscreen and sit out in the sun for 300 minutes. We have to remember that water, sweat and other contributing factors will lessen the effect of the sunscreen. Sunscreen should be applied at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and around every 2 hours for the best effect.

Now onto skin care. As part of my skin care routine I use an SPF moisturizer everyday in my morning routine. Sometimes SPF moisturizers can feel a bit heavier but there are products out there that don’t even feel like there’s SPF in it! There are also make up products such as foundations, bb creams, cc creams that also have SPF in it.

Here are some of my favourite moisturizers with SPF:

skoah dewlux face kream lite 30 $80 at skoah
Origins A Perfect World SPF 40 $56 at Sephora

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