The Skin-Care Product Everyone Should Be Using Daily
If there’s one skin-care product everyone needs to use daily — it’s SPF. It’s a nonnegotiable beauty buy, and it is a must have for every routine, whether you spend your days in the sun or in front of a computer screen. Sun damage should be avoided as much as possible and while staying in the shade and wearing protective clothing can help, it’s still important to slather your skin in SPF throughout the day.
Board-certified dermatologist and Skincare.com consultant Dr. Lisa Ginn calls sunscreen: “One of your greatest tools in an anti-aging arsenal." In fact, according to all of our consulting dermatologists, it’s really the only way to prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and discoloration from occurring in the first place. Stopping the signs of skin aging before they start? Yes, please!
With so many sunscreen options on the market, though, choosing one can feel overwhelming. The first thing to know is that sunscreens fall into two major categories, physical and chemical. Both can help protect skin from the sun, but they do so differently. Physical sunscreens, oftentimes called mineral sunscreens, contain titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, which sit on top of the skin and deflect the sun’s rays, while chemical sunscreens have ingredients like avobenzone and octisalate that help absorb and break up UV rays. Regardless of which type you buy, you want to make sure it’s labeled broad-spectrum, meaning it helps protect skin from both UVA and UVB rays, and has an SPF of at least 30.
The good news about sunscreen is that it’s affordable and available practically everywhere. While you can spring for pricier options (our favorite La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid will set you back $34), you can also opt for more budget-friendly picks like Bare Republic Mineral Sunscreen Face Lotion (only $13!). Whatever you choose make sure you’re wearing it daily, and reapplying throughout the day (at least every two hours) — even when wearing makeup. Want help finding a broad-spectrum SPF-packed sunscreen that's best for you and your skin type? We share a comprehensive guide, here!