Summer is finally in full swing which means the majority of you will be spending more time out in the sun. We know that you know that you should be wearing an SPF-enhanced moisturizer every day of the year. However, we also know that many adults tend to take better care of their skin—like applying sunscreen on a daily basis—during the summer season. With all the beach dates and pool parties that you’ll be going to, we’re sure that you’ll want to take keep on top of your regular skincare regimen, while also protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.
Did you know that sunscreen is formulated to work its best for the specific area that it’s marketed for—so, for example, sunscreen for your body is formulated for your body; sunscreen for your face is specifically formulated for your face. Ultimately, the products efficiency is designed to target and penetrate the specific area of the skin. The thing is, the ingredients of some products are easily effected by others. When this happens, key ingredients can be deactivated leaving the product unable to do its job.
Because we want you to reap the benefits of your sunblock, we’ve consulted the experts who told us which ingredients you should—and can safely—use with SPF. Check it out!
Retinols and Retinoids
Retinols and retinoids are becoming more popular these days; however, many users aren’t aware that they make the skin very sensitive to the sun’s UV rays. This is because of their effect to speedup skin’s cell turnover process, ultimately making the skin much more prone to sun damage. Luckily the key ingredients in SPF do not interact with retinols and retinoids. However, it’s important to keep in mind that retinols and retinoids should be at night, while SPF should be applied in the morning.
Antioxidants are beyond healthy for the skin’s health. They’re effective at enhancing and repairing the skin from damage caused by free radicals and pollutants. Research has shown that when applied to the skin as a serum, antioxidants also help defend against ultraviolet radiation given off by the sun. Remember: a serum should be applied to the skin after a toner and before SPF moisturizer.
Depending on your skins sensitivity and the type of sunscreen that you’re using (whether physical or chemical) you may experience skin dryness—don’t let this stop you from using your sun protection! Instead you should apply a soothing and hydrating moisturizer after your SPF to give your skin some extra TLC before it begins to dry out.