A common skincare question is, "How strong of an SPF should I be wearing?"
We think of skin as a commodity here. Much like time, which is fleeting and transitory, it must be protected and nurtured.
While time is priceless, skin is not. If you aren't willing to pay that price in commitment now, you're sure to pay it financially later on.
Making a commitment to apply sunscreen daily is the #1 way to prevent and protect your body from photodamage, premature aging, and skin cancer.
So let's not spend more money than we need to. Let's make a commitment to honor and protect our skin now.
We recommend nothing below an SPF 30 for daily wear.
(Click here to shop our recommendation.)
If you are active (running outside, playing volleyball, etc.) we recommend an SPF 50 and reapplication every 80 minutes. No sunscreen can remain effective through sweat or water.
Make sure your sunscreen is broad-spectrum, meaning that it blocks both UVA and UVB rays.
UVA rays cause premature aging, while UVB rays are responsible for burning the skin. (Hint: UVAging, UVBurning.)
Don't forget to apply sunscreen to your neck and chest. The face, neck, chest, arms and hands are the most exposed body parts to the sun on a daily basis.
That is why they show sun spots and aging the quickest.
Many people allot product for their face and only apply the "leftovers" to their neck and skip their chest entirely. This is a gargantuan no-no.
Apply enough product to reach the face, neck, and chest. Be sure to apply behind, and on the ears, as well as pushing it up into the hairline.
Tip: Chemical sunscreens breakdown in heat, which is one of the primary reasons we always recommend a physical sunscreen. If you are staying indoors for the day, one application in the morning should suffice.