If you were raised to only use sunscreen in the summertime while outside for long periods of time then you're not alone. Summer and sunscreen go hand in hand, especially when the UV index is at its highest. Sunscreen tends to sit in our cupboards during the fall and winter months, and waits for its time to shine again in the late spring and summer - but the fact is that even in the winter the UV rays can still do damage to the skin, and so using a quality sunscreen on bright and sunny days isn't a bad idea even in January.
There are some things to understand with regards to sunscreen products, and we outline a few below.
Pay Close Attention to Sunscreen Ingredients
Harmful and damaging active ingredients are commonplace in sunscreens which is bad news for people with sensitive skin and those who suffer from breakouts. Be on the lookout for octocrylene, octisalate, octinoxate, avobenzone, oxybenzone, and homosalate – these ingredients neglect normal skin care to only shield the skin from UV rays and to hold up a long time in the heat and vulnerability from sweat or water. Health issues can also pop up from these ingredients as well, so be cautious using products with the above substances in them or ones that look similar.
Soothe Your Skin After Sun Exposure
Aloe Vera and natural moisturizers after your skin has received a few hours of sun exposure is a wise decision. You want to penetrate deep into your skin post-sun exposure since the sun can go deep into your skin's layers, and cause damage beyond the surface layer - look for skin sprays that can effectively accomplish this key goal.
Natural Over Chemicals
Sunscreen products are typically full of chemicals that your skin hates, so be focused on finding a sunscreen product that has lots of wonderful natural ingredients. Argan oil sunscreen is rich in vitamin E, free of bad chemicals, and works well for short-term sun exposure. Price is always a factor when buying skin products and sunscreen is no different, but don't be cheap when it comes to protecting your skin from the relentless sun rays, and avoid chemical ingredients as much as possible. Hyaluronic acid moisturizes the skin naturally, so look for this valuable ingredient in a moisturizing product to keep your skin hydrated from the unforgiving sun.
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Chloe Glynne is a skin care consultant with 12 years of personal experience in the industry. She is recognized for her skin care advice in the treatment of skin disorders such as acne and rosacea, unwanted wrinkles, fine lines, puffy eyes, damaged skin, with emphasis on anti-aging.