Shop Smarter: SPF Cosmetics

Sun Protection is Imperative woman applying SPF

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 5 million people are treated for skin cancer each year. With these numbers on the rise, its crucial to understand how we can protect our health. There are many preventative measures one can take to reduce their risk, like understanding the right cosmetics for sun protection.

Broad-Spectrum Products

Let’s talk sunscreen. There are two categories of UV light: UVB and UVA. UVB causes sunburn and UVA offers more long-term damage, like premature aging. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, individuals should choose a moisturizer that contains a sunscreen that protects both UVB and UVA, also known as a broad-spectrum sunscreen. Picking out right sunscreen can be difficult- if you’re interested in learning more about UVB and UVA rays check out our informative sunscreen post.

SPF Eye Cream

Some SPF make up products may irritate your eyes, which is why we recommend picking up a special SPF eye cream that will protect the delicate area of your skin around your eyes. Not only will this save you from irritation but will deter deep wrinkles around the eye.

Powder Cosmetics

The Skin Cancer Foundation is all for compressed powder cosmetics. Powder often carries vitamins that will benefit your skin and help keep an SPF moisturizer in place. This especially holds true if you are particularly active while outdoors.

Don’t Miss your Lips

We are so busy applying coverage to our skin that we forget our lips require protection too! There are many lip balms and lipsticks that provide a broad-spectrum sunscreen SPF 15- check the label before your next purchase.

Re-apply

Yes, many of us seek out products that will last all day, however investing in a moisturizer or pressed powder means you don’t have to worry about caking up your face. These products are usually designed for re-application, and when it comes to protecting your skin, re-application is necessary. American Academy of Dermatology recommends that you reapply 30 SPF every two hours when you’re out in the sun, about a nickel size is all it takes!

Concerned about your sun safety? Check out our sunscreen tips and take the American Cancer Society’s quiz to learn more about how you can protect yourself.