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Should I add sunscreen to my skincare routine??

Iโ€™ve seen many people putting on sunscreen on a daily basis and I never really got why. Does it even do anything to your skin other than protect from the sun? Let me know ๐Ÿฉท


Re: Should I add sunscreen to my skincare routine??

I have always worn sunscreen because skin cancer runs in my family and I can say at 26 I get mistaken for being in high school all the time. They only skin care Iโ€™ve consistently used is sunscreen and I def stand by it! It doesnโ€™t have to be expensive or fancy just any coverage from the sun will do wonders. 

Re: Should I add sunscreen to my skincare routine??

@chiaraa217  UV rays can cause wrinkles, hyperpigmentation (dark spots/patches of skin), and very uneven skin texture. They can also worsen acne and increase any irritation your skin already has. So yeah, whenever your skin will be exposed to sunlightโ€”all year long, regardless of weather or season (the sun doesnโ€™t stop beaming UV rays in winter and clouds donโ€™t block โ€˜em all)โ€”you should wear broad spectrum sunscreen thatโ€™s at least SPF 30. Even if youโ€™re just sitting beside a window with open curtains/blinds, or sitting in a window seat of a car/train/whatever (if those windows arenโ€™t treated to block UV). 


Some sunscreens can double as moisturizers, so they can save you a skincare routine step in the morning. Ever see someone with glowy dewy skin and wonder how they do it? Sunscreen, probably. ๐Ÿ˜„ But there are also matte-finish sunscreens, if you donโ€™t like that glowing skin look. 


If you use any AHA* exfoliants, know that those can make your skin more sensitive to UV rays. Sunscreenโ€™s a must if an AHA is in your skincare routine. Some folks say the same about retinol but thatโ€™s not actually true: retinol doesnโ€™t exfoliate skin the way AHAs do. Still, itโ€™s a good idea to use sunscreen if you do use retinol (or any other type of vitamin A, like adapalene, tretinoin, retinaldehyde, granactive retinoid, etc.) since vitamin A can cause excessive dryness and irritation, which UV rays can worsen. 


tl;dr: wear the hecking sunscreen. ๐Ÿ™‚ 



*AHA = alpha hydroxy acid. This group includes glycolic acid, lactic acid, and mandelic acid. 

Re: Should I add sunscreen to my skincare routine??

@chiaraa217 Absolutely! As long as the sun is shining even a little in the winter, weโ€™re receiving a dose of UV rays. As others have mentioned, that can lead to premature aging and increased risk of skin cancer. Some sunscreens like Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen Invisible Broad Spectrum SPF 40 PA +++ can also double as a makeup primer. 

Re: Should I add sunscreen to my skincare routine??

@chiaraa217 sunscreen is essential to prevent skin cancer and premature aging.  

Re: Should I add sunscreen to my skincare routine??

@chiaraa217 I always put on sunscreen daily. 

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