Daily Sunscreen for Your Face: Do You Really Need It?
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If you’re the type of person who only puts on sunscreen when you go to the beach or sit by the pool, you’ve probably wondered if you really need to wear sunscreen every day. Let’s talk about why daily sunscreen wear is important and what to look for in a daily sunscreen for your face. Then, we’ll get to know the formulations for Lancer Skincare’s various anti-aging sunscreens to help you decide which one is right for you.
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Do You Need to Wear Sunscreen Every Day?
The short answer is yes, you do need to wear a sunscreen every day — even if you’re mostly sitting inside, or it’s cloudy outside, or you have deeper skin that doesn’t sunburn. Wearing sunscreen every day is one of the most effective things that you can do in order to prevent visible signs of premature aging and also to lower your risks of skin cancer, which is the most common cancer in the U.S. Your morning 3-step skincare routine should end with an application of sunscreen, and you should be wearing sunscreen on all exposed areas of skin — not just your face, but also your hands, arms, chests, and so on. Ideally, you should reapply the sunscreen every two hours, not just once in the morning. You should also reapply it after sweating and after getting out of the pool or ocean.
The only exception to this rule is babies below six months of age, who have very sensitive skin that tends to react to sunscreen. Instead, they should be kept out of the sun as much as possible until they are old enough to wear sunscreen. Everyone else, including you, should be wearing sunscreen every single day. The only question is which daily sunscreen for the face will work for you!
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Choosing a Daily Sunscreen for Your Face
If you don’t wear sunscreen because you believe it’s goopy and unpleasant to apply, think again. These days, there are many advanced sunscreen formulations on the market, many of which absorb fast and reapply easily over themselves. It may take some trial and error to find a long-lasting sunscreen that you enjoy using every day, but it’s worth it to reap the benefits of wearing a daily sunscreen. We recommend choosing a sunscreen of at least SPF 30 that has broad spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays. SPF 30 sunscreen typically hits the sweet spot between providing enough protection for daily use while still being thin enough that it absorbs easily (and looks nice under makeup, if you wear it). Both of the sunscreens offered by Lancer Skincare are SPF 30 for this reason. If you tend to sweat a lot, we recommend looking for a water-resistant formula as well.
There are two main categories of sunscreen filters to choose from. Mineral sunscreen filters, sometimes called physical sunscreens, block the sun’s rays from reaching your skin. They include ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun’s rays and include ingredients like avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octisalate. Chemical sunscreens tend to be more moisturizing and result in a thinner, more pleasant texture, but they can also irritate sensitive skin. Mineral sunscreen tends to be less irritating but they can also be a bit drying. Some mineral sunscreens can also leave a white cast behind on darker skin if they aren’t tinted.
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Get to Know Lancer’s Daily Sunscreens
At Lancer Skincare, we offer two different sunscreen options to choose from — one mineral sunscreen and one chemical combination sunscreen — both of which provide broad spectrum protection. Our Mineral Sun Shield Universal Tint is tinted to minimize white cast in a versatile shade that complements many different skin tones. In addition to zinc oxide for sun protection, it also features pink rock rose and ginger root extract to soothe skin and reduce inflammation.
Meanwhile, our Sheer Fluid Sun Shield is actually a combination mineral-chemical sunscreen, featuring both zinc oxide and octinoxate for comprehensive protection. Its ingredients also include gamay grape stem cells, sunflower sprout extracts, and chamomile extracts to calm skin and improve radiance. Due to the lower zinc oxide content, this sunscreen absorbs right into the skin without a white cast, so it doesn’t need to be tinted.
Know which sunscreen you want to try? Like all of our Lancer Skincare products, they come with a 30-day money back guarantee so you can buy with confidence. In addition, all U.S. orders automatically get free, fast shipping, so there’s no reason not to try our skincare today!