Sunscreen is perhaps the most important part of your beauty routine. Sunscreen is designed to help protect the skin against the harmful effects of the sun, including sunburn, skin cancer, and even visible signs of aging. Sunscreen is a recommended form of sun protection & and undergoes rigorous testing to ensure efficacy. With our helpful sunscreen guide, you’ll learn information about sunscreen including how to apply sunscreen and tips for selecting a formula based upon your skin type.
Sunscreen FAQs - How and When to Apply Sunscreen
To better understand the importance of SPF and sunscreen we asked Kayte Epperly, Scientific Communication Liaison at L’Oreal Research & Innovation US Skin Care Development, some important information on how to use sunscreen effectively in your beauty routine.
When do we need to wear SPF?
Ideally you should wear it at all times, but especially if you are outdoors, even if it is an overcast day.
Are all sunscreens created equal? What are the different SPF factors, and the differences between UVA/UVB protection?
Sunscreens in the USA need to meet specific guidelines set forth by the FDA. FPS (factor de protección solar) se correlaciona con la capacidad de la pantalla solar para bloquear los rayos UVB. Un FPS 30 bloquea aproximadamente un 97% de los rayos UVB, mientras que los FPS más altos bloquean poco más que ese porcentaje. Este número no se correlaciona con la frecuencia con la que se debe reaplicar una pantalla solar.
UVA rays also known as “aging rays” can prematurely age your skin, cause wrinkles and age spots. They are able to pass through glass windows.
UVB rays also known as “burning rays” are primary cause of sunburn and cannot pass through window glass.
Broad Spectrum means that the sunscreen will help protect against UVA and UVB rays.
The type of sunscreen you use comes down to personal preference and the format you select should be one that you would use regularly.
What is the recommended level of sun protection for daily wear?
La American Academy of Dermatology recomienda un mínimo de FPS 30 o superior para uso diario.
How much sunscreen should you apply?
Sunscreen should be applied liberally ensuring that all exposed areas are covered. To fully cover most adult bodies you need about 1 ounce (or a shot glass full).
What is the best way to apply & reapply sunscreen?
It is recommended to apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes prior to going outdoors for the sunscreen to absorb into your skin. La pantalla solar debe volver a aplicarse cada 2 horas o inmediatamente después si nada o suda.
La pantalla solar debe aplicarse y frotarse bien sobre la piel seca. To be sure you don’t miss any spots, you can apply in front of a mirror or ask someone to assist on hard-to-reach areas.
Our Sunscreen Products for Your Daily Routine
Lancôme UV Expert Sunscreen with SPF 50 is a makeup primer plus sunscreen plus daily moisturizer with SPF all-in-one. Consisting of a water-like gel formula which feels lightweight on the skin UV Expert is an ideal sunscreen for face to wear on bare skin or underneath makeup as a face primer and daily facial moisturizer with SPF. It’s easy to blend and leaves skin feeling hydrated without any greasiness stickiness or white residue. Thanks to its oil-free and non-comedogenic formula it’s suitable for all skin types including normal dry oily combination and sensitive skin. Plus with its sun protection factor of 50 you can be sure you’re using a product that goes above and beyond the daily recommended sun protection factor!
Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Day Cream with SPF 15 combines anti-aging with the daily sun protection your skin needs. Specially formulated to feel comfortable and fresh on the skin, this facial moisturizer with SPF gives your skin protection without greasiness or stickiness. Not just sunscreen, its anti-aging properties help visibly lift and firm skin to fight the visible signs of aging and leave skin feeling fresh. The lightweight formula smooths over skin without the product gathering or peeling making it another great option to wear underneath makeup or on its own.
Skin Feels Good with SPF 23 is an ideal option for those looking for a tinted moisturizer and sunscreen for face all in one. Designed to be worn as a buildable foundation and tinted moisturizer hybrid the lightweight and oil-free formula ensures skin feels good with all-day hydration and a natural glow. Ideal for doubling up sun protection with UV Expert (use as a makeup primer) or Rénergie Lift Multi-Action -- Skin Feels Good formula is infused with antioxidants and a sun protection factor of SPF 23 and the formula works to protect skin against free radicals and environmental pollutants.