Most of us know by know that we need to wear sunscreen, but some of us still need convincing. And even if you do wear sunscreen, you might not be protecting yourself to the proper degree so I wanted to discuss this.

As someone who lives in Seattle, I know a lot of people don’t think you need to wear sunscreen here because it’s often grey and gloomy, but there are still rays making their way through the clouds. There are UVA and UVB rays, UVA rays are aging you while UVB rays are doing both. So, just because you don’t get burned doesn’t mean you’re not being aged by the rays that make their way through gloomy weather. As a result, you need to ensure your sunscreen is broad spectrum, otherwise you’re not protecting yourself to the fullest extent.

Also, there are two types of sunscreen: chemical and physical. Chemical is more popular now since it blends into the skin better and doesn’t leave that white cast that old sunscreen is infamous for. However, physical sunscreen deflects the rays while chemical sunscreen absorbs the rays, sometimes resulting in the heating up of your skin. Physical sunscreen is broad spectrum, which is great and it won’t cause irritation or a reaction, needs to be applied less frequently and takes effect immediately, but it will cause a white cast, which is worth it to me. I will only be wearing physical sunscreen moving forward. So for all the people out there that live by the sunscreen in their makeup, this is probably not cutting it.

La Roche Posay Anthelios Mineral Sunscreen is a great pick for a broad spectrum mineral sunscreen.

Whichever way you choose to wear sunscreen, please be sure that you ARE wearing sunscreen and that it is broad spectrum! Lacking protection isn’t worth the risk.

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