Incorporating sunscreen into your everyday makeup routine is crucial
Whether we like it or not, many of us live a majority of our lives indoors. Whether we’re exercising in the gym, working in an office, or driving between destinations, the Monday to Friday routine is often hopping from one indoor location to another. So it’s understandable if slathering on sunscreen isn’t a part of your morning routine, especially during the winter months. If we’re not spending any length of time in the sun, why would we need to wear SPF? We had a chat with Mecca beauty consultant and makeup artist Samantha Murrant to find out.
What is SPF?
We often hear the term SPF in relation to skincare, especially in relation to sun exposure, but you may be wondering what it actually is. SPF is the abbreviation for ‘Sun Protection Factor’, which is the component in sunscreen that aids in protecting your skin from the sun’s radiation. This is delivered in two forms: UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays are responsible for causing skin damage, such as aging and wrinkling, whereas UVB rays cause sunburn and play a key role in the development of skin cancer.
“SPF should be a priority for all as our skin is our largest organ,” says Sam. “Not only do we want to protect the aesthetics of our skin and remain youthful, but we want to protect it from dangerous cancers that can develop. Daily application, especially when in contact with the sun’s rays, is extremely crucial to ensure your skin is protected.”
So why do we need to wear SPF every day?
According to Sam, wearing SPF every day is a necessity – especially in sunny Australia.
“While many of us wear sunscreen in the summertime, the reality is that we must wear sunscreen every day of the year, regardless of whether it’s rainy or the sun is shining outside,” says Sam. “Ultraviolet rays are always working their pesky ways and affecting our skin. UVA rays, specifically, are independent of the temperature or the number of clouds in the sky. Even on overcast days, UVA rays are aging our skin without us even knowing it.
“I try to wear SPF on my face every day, regardless of what I am doing. Even when driving to and from work, the windows in a car do not protect us from UVA rays. A quick tip: find a hand cream with SPF in it – we expose much of our hands to the sun when holding the steering wheel and we don’t even realise it!”
What are the long-term consequences of not wearing SPF?
One of the more serious potential consequences of not wearing SPF is developing melanoma, the most deadly type of skin cancer. And if you don’t think that this will happen to you, think again. According to the Melanoma Institute Australia, melanoma is the most common cancer affecting 15 to 39-year-old Australians and, on average, one Australian will die from melanoma every 5 hours.
Overexposure to UV radiation from the sun is one of the main preventable causes of melanoma. Whilst there are a number of risk factors that may increase one’s chance of developing the disease, such as fair skin or family history, practicing sun safety at all times is one way you can optimise your skin’s health.
Incorporating SPF into your everyday makeup routine
We’ve established the importance of wearing SPF, but this doesn’t change the fact that sunscreen isn’t the most…appealing…skincare product. If a greasy cream that smells of chemicals and clogs your pores comes to mind, you wouldn’t be alone. However, Sam tells us how to incorporate SPF into our skincare routine in a much more pleasant way.
“When speaking about the daily use of sunscreen for aesthetics, there is no other skincare product that works immediately upon application, and continues to keep your skin looking healthy, youthful and wrinkle-free for years to come!” says Sam. “I recommend ending your morning skincare routine with a great sunscreen after you’ve finished with your cleanser, serum, and moisturiser.”
According to Sam, pairing a vitamin C serum with SPF creates the ultimate power couple. Vitamin C works to delay the development of skin imperfections such as visible signs of aging, dark spots and fine lines. As a powerful antioxidant, it helps shield your skin from free radicals that pollute the air. Sunscreen only blocks 55% of the free radicals produced by UV rays, so vitamin C serum provides an excellent extra layer of protection.
“A great vitamin C and SPF pairing I suggest is the Summer Fridays CC Me Serum with the Mecca Cosmetica ‘To Save Face’ SPF50+ Superscreen. The two products are packaged together, but can also be sold separately,” says Sam. This duo is available for purchase from any Mecca store.
Click below to watch Sam talk about how to incorporate SPF into your everyday skincare routine.
Products used in the video:
- Gentle Skin Cleanser by Cetaphil
- CC Me Serum by Summer Fridays
- Daily Moisturising Lotion by CeraVe
- Auto Correct Brightening and De-puffing Eye Contour Cream by Sunday Riley
- To Save Face SPF50+ Superscreen by Mecca Cosmetica
- Wellness Hand Cream SPF 15 by Natio
You can follow Sam on Instagram @samanthamurrant.
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