Do you really need sunscreen ?
Of course your need sunscreen (even WOC). I wish I had started wearing sunscreen earlier, but it’s always better later than never. With sunscreen the dermatologist recommended SPF is 30 (mostly outdoor protection). I prefer more because I like the extra added protection from UVB rays. ULTRAVIOLET B RAYS (uvb) is associated with sun burns, while ULTRAVIOLET A (uva) is associate with aging. UVA is way worse than UVB as it penetrates your skin deeper (hence the aging & wrinkle warning). There are also two types of sunscreens physical & chemical. Physical (mineral) has ingredients such as titanium dioxide & zinc oxide. They block the UV rays from penetration. Chemical has ingredients such as avobenzone & octisalate. They absorbs the UV rays before they can damage your skin. (Physical (mineral) is linked to less skin irritation than chemical) -Yes, you should wear sunscreen inside (at least SPF15) -You should reapply sunscreen every 2 hours -Broad spectrum means both UVA & UVB protection (the best in my opinion) -Apply over entire body before getting dressed (rays can penetrate your clothes) -SPF 30 = 30 minutes longer to burn than without sunscreen Products (L👉🏽R) Aveeno - Sensitive Skin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50 I like this product due to the mineral content. But it leave a slight white cast on me (as pictured). Being a WOC It was HARD for me to find a product that didn’t leave a white cast. (Target $7.69 Walmart $9.97) Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Sunscreen Spray SPF 45 this is my go to sunscreen. It’s light, doesn’t leave a cast, easy to apply, & great for on the go. (Walmart $9.97) Neutrogena - Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 100 this also doesn’t leave a white cast on my skin. I apply this if I’m going to be in direct sun (beach, swimming, etc). I love that it’s light and doesn’t have a heavy smell to it. (Walmart $8.87)
Aveeno-Sensitive Skin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 50
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