Face sun cream

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Why is face sun cream so important?

It is not on holiday that your skin gets the most sun, but in everyday life. Every time you stroll through town, sit on the patio of a café or spend a lazy afternoon in the park, your face is constantly exposed to the sun’s UV rays. The sun is always there, even when it’s overcast, and so is UV radiation.

UV radiation not only ages your skin prematurely and causes sunburn, but can also cause serious skin damage and even skin cancer. UV radiation is responsible for the following:

  • Sunburn
  • Wrinkles
  • Pigment spots
  • Lackluster skin
  • Leathery skin
  • Increased risk of skin cancer

People who are in the sun a lot age faster, and the face is where it’s most obvious. Every sunburn also means a burn to the skin and increases the risk of skin cancer. Sun cream protects your face from the damage that the sun’s UV rays can do to your skin. But finding the best face sun lotion isn’t easy, and you need to know your skin type.

What sun protection factor do you need?

The sun protection factor (SPF) is one of the key factors when choosing a sun cream – the amount of SPF increases the skin’s own protection time. The SPF you need depends on the skin’s self-protection time:

  • Very fair skin: Self-protection time of 5–10 minutes – you need at least SPF 25, better SPF 30–50+.
  • Self-protection time of 10–20 minutes – you need at least SPF 20, better SPF 20–50
  • Fair skin: Self-protection time of 15–25 minutes – you need at least SPF 15, better SPF 15–30
  • Darker skin: Self-protection time 20–30 minutes – you need at least SPF 6, better SPF 6–15.

Generally speaking: the higher the sun protection factor of your sun lotion, the better you are protected.

Also, look for the UVA seal on your cream to guarantee all-round protection.

When choosing a sunscreen for your face, don’t skimp on the SPF and use a high one. After all, the skin on the face is sensitive and it’s there that sunburn, wrinkles or leathery skin are immediately noticeable.

This is why you should buy sun cream specifically designed for the face

When buying sun cream, make sure you buy a sunscreen specifically for the face and don’t just apply a body cream to the face. Sun cream for the face has a different consistency and different ingredients than sun cream for the body. Using sun cream for the face will help prevent pimples and clogged pores. It’s best to buy a mattifying sun cream as this prevents your face from becoming too shiny.

How can you tell a good facial sun cream?

You can tell what sunscreen is best for your face because it contains valuable ingredients in addition to UV protection, including coenzyme Q10, antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin K, and ceramides, which strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. There are also different facial sun creams to choose from, such as mattifying sun creams for oily skin, creams for dry skin or creams for sensitive skin.

Another popular option is a tinted sun cream for the face. They have a light tint that gives you an even look and they also save you from having to apply extra make-up. Tinted sunscreen for the face comes in different shades, so you can choose the colour that suits your skin tone.

How to apply sun cream correctly

Most sun creams have an application time of 20–30 minutes, so make sure you apply them well in advance of exposure to sunlight. Sun cream is applied to the face over day cream, as the consistency is generally firmer. It can also be worn under make-up.

Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen regularly, especially in summer – there are lightweight sprays, for example, that allow you to reapply sunscreen over your make-up without smudging it to renew your protection.

Face sun cream as an effective anti-ageing remedy

While a day cream with a sun protection factor for the face is good enough in winter, sun cream is all the more important on warm, sunny days. Sun cream is the best anti-ageing product available and you can find a wide range of products at parfumdreams.