I’ll be the first to admit that I always forget to slather on some sun protection factor (SPF) before leaving the house in the morning. SPF is a sunscreen’s ability to block ultraviolet B (UVB) rays from the skin. UVB rays contribute to sunburns, and at its worst, skin cancer. In an effort to take better care of my skin, I’ve been mindful of incorporating SPF into my beauty routine anytime I can.
If you’ve shopped for SPF creams before than you’ve probably noticed the SPF ratings. Most sunscreen products come in SPF 15, SPF 30, and SPF 45. SPF 15 products block about 94% of UVB rays. I own mostly SPF 30 products, which blocks 97% of UVB rays. SPF 45 products block about 98% of rays. My doctor and most dermatologists I’ve talked to recommend SPF 30 products since the difference between it and SPF 45 are not much different. However, keep in mind that none offers 100% protection.
Here are some products I currently own with SPF, AKA some of my faves:
Sun Si ‘Belle: This is a light and non-greasy sunscreen protector. I love that it’s paraben free, gluten free, chemical and toxin free. It’s a tinted cream but leaves a bit of a white cast so I wouldn’t necessarily recommend this product to wear under makeup. (SPF 30)
ELF POWDER: This is my go-to SPF product because I always powder my face after my makeup routine in the morning. I love this powder because it goes on effortlessly and I can easily apply more throughout the day without messing up my makeup look. (SPF 45)
SWEET SCIENCE: This one is the tiny, tiny, tiny container in the photo. I got this product as a sample in my Birchbox and absolutely love it! It is a silicon free, tinted moisturizer that works really well under makeup. I also love that it does not leave a residue behind. This can be worn with or without foundation. (SPF 35)
DR. JART: This is my tinted BB cream that I use when my skin is feeling a bit oily in the morning. Extra bonus points that it’s also free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Great for wearing with makeup. (SPF 30)
ELF FOUNDATION: I wear very little foundation. I don’t really like covering up my face with makeup unless it’s a special occasion. I probably grab this foundation once a week, on a night when I’m going out or going to an event. I love the light coverage it gives and touch-ups are really not needed with this product. (SPF 15)
MAKE: This primer is one of my favorites! It’s white but dries up translucent, and since it feels light-weight on the skin, it’s perfect to wear under makeup. (SPF 30)
Clearly, I only remember to SPF when it’s a part of my beauty routine.
Do you wear SPF every day? What products do you use? Tell me in the comments section below!