At Eden, we are big fans of sun protection and think that using a product with SPF (sun protection factor) is a responsible thing to do for the health of your skin. We know that sunscreen can be polarizing so we wanted to share our thoughts on how to navigate the world of sun care:
№ 1: The best SPF is the one you will use
The formulas for sun care have come a long way from super thick, white, greasy lotions to different textures and weights to make daily application a breeze. From lightweight oils to mattifying gels (and everything in between) - don’t settle for one that doesn’t feel good. Find a texture you love and will use often.
№ 2: Mineral vs Chemical
These are the two forms of UV filters found in sun care products. These are the two most universally used terms although they are both composed of chemical compounds - like everything. The two filters work in slightly different ways. They both involve electrons that capture UV rays and release the received energy by way of heat, but about 10% of the UV rays are reflected when using a mineral filter (i.e. titanium dioxide, zinc oxide). For this reason, mineral filters have been more widely accepted for children and folks with sensitive or reactive skin.
№ 3: The age old question
Do you have to wear it everyday? - Basically, if you are going to be in direct sunlight, yes. Studies have shown that even through most windows in cars and homes, the UV rays can still partially penetrate. Wearing clothing and hats to cover exposed skin is the least disruptive way to stay protected from the sun, but using and reapplying sunscreen is the next best way to avoid the harmful effects of sun exposure.
Reach out with any questions about the importance of sun protection, and if you need guidance on picking the right product for you, fill out a skincare consultation form!
Written by Emma Keithley