How To Include An SPF In Your Skincare Routine

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We all know we should be wearing an SPF, but where do you add it to your routine and how can you touch up your sun protection throughout the day? These are handy tips on how to include and SPF into your skincare routine.

Why Should I Wear An SPF Daily?

Wearing an SPF is a must at any time of the year, but in summer, it is an absolute necessity. We have already reported on the best coral reef-safe sunscreens, important especially for your body. But how should you include SPF in your skincare routine on a daily basis, especially if you are wearing makeup? First of all, let’s look at the difference between UVA and UVB. Simply put, UVA is Long-wavelength, and UVB is Short-wavelength. The former can damage our skin’s DNA and is the factor behind the development of signs of ageing. However it’s also responsible for hyperpigmentation. When UVA penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, it can also cause skin cancer. The latter is also a potential factor in skin ageing and skin cancer, but it doesn’t penetrate beyond the skin’s superficial layers. Mostly it’s responsible for sunburn. As you can see, it’s important to check that your SPF has both filters at the same time! The rest depends on your make up routine and skin texture.

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SPF In Your Skincare Routine

After you cleanse and tone, moisturiser is a good place to look at using an SPF. If you’re adding a new product that your skin needs to adjust to, then it might go a bit crazy. Now apply the SPF of your choice. You can either choose a matte texture or go full-on glow. We have our new favourite, which is the perfect combo of a serum, a tinted moisturizer and an SPF. Yes, you read it right, it’s a triple threat! Also, it’s completely natural.

Serums vs Powders

ILIA’s Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 is a time, and skin saviour. Especially if you want to have a good performance and optimize the steps in your daily beauty routine. It contains a blend of Hyaluronic Acids, plant-based Squalane, and Niacinamide and helps to even tone, softens fine lines and imperfections. With a great range of shades, it has a distinct glowy look. If, however, you prefer a matte look, this might not be your choice. The good news is that powdered protection is a great alternative. We love the Instant Mineral SPF 45 by Peter Thomas Roth, or the Sunforgettable® Total Protection™ Brush-on Shield SPF 50, by Colore Science. They are both mineral options, and work well as a touch up during the day that can both refresh your makeup and SPF. It’s also a remedy for the days in which we tend to sweat more.

SPF To Add To Your Daily Routine

Topping Up Throughout The Day

Speaking of touch ups, how should you apply SPF during the day when you’re already wearing make up? You don’t have to necessarily choose a powder option, although they are handy. If your make up is minimal, try misting a sunscreen over your face.Try using your favourite SPF filter and an empty compact case. Make sure you won’t have any make up residue left over, then just need to fill it with some liquid SPF, the clean sponge, and keep it in your purse. When you need to freshen up your SPF, gently pat the sponge until it soaks the liquid, and then pat it gently over your make up. Make sure it’s not and oily consistency; otherwise, you might smudge your make up. However this solution is absolutely perfect to perfect your look, and keep your skin, safe!

Disclaimer: The content of this article is for general advice only and should not be used as a substitute for professional healthcare or beauty advice. We make every effort to ensure we only recommend safe products however you should always do a patch test when trying new products. This post may contain affiliate links.