How to choose the best sunscreen for YOU


How to choose the right sunscreen for you

In honor of skin cancer awareness month, I filmed a vlog going over general sunscreen guidelines and how to choose the best sunscreen for your skin type. Check it out!

In a nutshell, my general guidelines are to use sunscreen daily, SPF 30 or above, reapplying every 2 hours if you are exposed to the sun. And yes, UVA radiation travels through glass so even indoors you are exposed to UV rays that cause photoaging!

And remember, the order of application of your topicals, outlined below. You always want your medication to go on closest to the skin, followed by a good hydration barrier to lock in moisturizer, and then sunscreen to fight off UVA and UVB. After that basic regimen is on, you can then move on to the rest of your makeup.

  1. Medication (acne or rosacea medicine, etc.)
  2. Moisturizer
  3. Sunscreen
  4. Foundation
  5. Other makeup

If you have questions about the safety of sunscreen ingredients, check out my post here debunking myths about certain products. Please do not write off sunscreens containing oxybenzone or retinyl palmitate because of things you have heard on the Internet saying that these ingredients are harmful. Check out the science for yourself!

Here are some of my personal favorite SPF containing products:

Let me know if you have any questions; another post on general FAQ’s about sunscreen is coming soon!

2 Comments on How to choose the best sunscreen for YOU

  1. Audrey
    March 31, 2017 at 7:46 am (6 months ago)

    Since primer is very useful to make anything on the top of it last longer, should primer be used before using sunscreen so I have a layer between my skin and my sunscreen?

    • Joyce
      March 31, 2017 at 8:35 am (6 months ago)

      Good question; I had to look this up myself recently when I started using primers more often. You want to wash your face, moisturize, then apply sunscreen before applying primer then makeup (foundation etc). The primer should go on directly before makeup because you want to create a smooth canvas for makeup application. I tend to use primers with spf and foundation with spf so on days I use both I skip the additional layer of sunscreen.


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