365. That’s a number you need to remember when thinking about sunscreen, because that’s how many days a year you MUST wear it. Yes, every single day, no exceptions. Rain, thunderstorm, clouds, sun… it doesn’t matter as, believe it or not, weather and sunscreen are not related at all. UVA and UVB rays — dangerous rays that cause wrinkles, fine lines, and dark spots to skin cancer — come from the sun, yes, but clouds, rain, snow, and windows don’t stop them from reaching our skin. These rays are strong and capable of not only causing visible damage on top of our skin, but also deep down inside our cells’ DNA, and then, my friends, is when we’re in trouble.
Since I learned about the importance of wearing sunscreen every single day of my life, it basically became my religion, and I’m always telling my friends — and even people I don’t know — why it is important for them to join me on this journey. Today, those people are you! While sunscreen is an all-year thing, we need to be even more cautious during summer, as days are longer, the sun is stronger, and it’s easier to spend more time outdoors, so I put together a little cheat-sheet for you to stock up on SPF for the season!
COSRX Shield Fit Duo
COSRX is a staple for any K-beauty lover, and these sunscreens are no exception. The Shield Fit Snail Essence Sun acts not only as a sunscreen but also an essence, providing you with some extra hydration thanks to the 60 percent snail secretion filtrate and moisture complex in the formula. If you are more on the dry skin side, this is your pick. On the other hand, if your skin tends to be sensitive or reactive, the All Green Comfort Sun will be your friend. Formulated with centella asiatica and artemisia extract, this physical sunscreen helps calm down skin and keep it cool for longer, all while preventing harmful substances from sticking to your skin, purifying it from the inside.
Neogen Day-Light Protection
A skincare-lover’s favorite for a reason. This sunscreen not only smells like heaven — and no, I don’t mean that coconutty sunscreen smell but more of a citrus one — but also feels incredible on your skin, almost as if you were applying lotion instead of sunscreen. Ideal for those with dry or sensitive complexions, this one offers lightweight but powerful hydration from rose and raspberry extracts. The best part? It doesn’t leave a white cast, and it works wonders under makeup. Some people even use it as a primer!
Make P:rem Blue Ray Sun Gel
This is it! This is that sunscreen you need if you think sunscreen is uncomfortable or just not for you. Its formula feels so incredibly nice on your skin you’ll be looking forward to the moment in your routine when you can finally apply it. Yes, it is THAT good. Super lightweight and easy to absorb, this sunscreen helps counteract the damage caused by hot infrared waves and radiation by cooling down your skin’s surface. White cast you said? Nope, you won’t get that from this one. Ideal for all skin types but especially awesome for those with oily complexions, this is the sunscreen you need to convince yourself sunscreen can feel good.
Suntique I’m Clear CICA Sunstick
Applying makeup early in the morning and then forgetting about it for the rest of the day is just as bad as not wearing it at all. Sunscreen only lasts a couple hours on our skin, and reapplying is a must in order to really reap the benefits of it. A great solution for reapplication is Suntique’s Sunstick, which is, well, a stick form of sunscreen. Packed with all good-for-you ingredients such as centella asiatica (calming, healing), bamboo leaf, rosemary, and natural lemongrass oil, this sunscreen not only prevents UV rays from entering your skin but also provides it with an extra shot of hydration.
Missha All Around Safe Block Soft Finish
Another favorite and for all the good reasons. Ideal for those who sweat or are into sports, this water resistant sunscreen doesn’t feel like the typical sport ones you find at the pharmacy. Almost like applying milk over your skin, its texture is so lightweight, you’ll love reapplying it during the day. This sunscreen is also amazing for those with rosacea, as it helps keep your skin temperature under control.
Dr. Jart+ Every Sun Day Mild Sun
I really don’t think there’s anyone in this world who doesn’t like Dr. Jart’s sunscreens. Easy absorption, so lightweight you’ll barely notice you’re wearing something, and so moisturizing you’ll forget about dehydration, there’s a reason why this is a top seller. The Sun Day Mild in particular is suitable for all skin types, but especially wonderful for those with sensitive skin, as it’s formulated with acacia peptide, which helps protect skin from external aggressors.
Supergoop Defense Refresh Rosemary SPF-Setting Spray
Another great way to reapply sunscreen throughout the day? A mist! This one from Supergoop is without a doubt the easiest way to keep your skin hydrated, SPF ready, and dewy all day long thanks to the antioxidant-rich rosemary in its formula. But that’s not it! It not only acts as sunscreen but also a setting spray, so your makeup will stay put for longer!
ELROEL Pang Pang Sun Cushion
How to re-apply sunscreen on top of your makeup, you ask? If a mist is not your thing, then ELROEL’s Pang Pang cushion will be your best friend. Tap your way into SPF-covered skin with this cushion sunscreen formulated with purified water and aloe extract to soothe and calm down irritated skin. Six different types of tea extracts to cool down your skin and five types of vitamins to recover skin’s vitality get together in order to keep you protected from UV rays all day long.
Do you wear sunscreen everyday, Soompiers? What’s your go-to for summer?
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