Why You Should Add Sunscreen to Your Skincare Routine

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Author Name: Mia Barnes
Date: Thursday August 18, 2022

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Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean throw out your sunscreen. It is often thought since you are no longer lounging out by the pool or the ocean, sunscreen is unnecessary. Including sunscreen to your skincare year-round has many benefits.

Learn more about how sunscreen can be your new favorite beauty tool this fall. 

Worst Case Scenarios

Sunscreen protects our skin from sunburn, but it also protects against more prolonged, permanent skin damage. The sun emits strong UV rays that are harmful to exposed skin.

These UV rays cause connective tissue in the facial skin to become weaker and less flexible. The facial skin droops and folds, causing the appearance of wrinkles.

Other than wrinkles, skin cancer can also develop from the sun’s UV rays. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the U.S. Everyone is vulnerable to skin cancer, regardless of gender, age or skin tone.

Solution? Sunscreen.

Sunscreen is a reliable and safe preventative measure that you can include in your day-to-day routine. 

It is important to remember a few things regarding sunscreen use. 

First, sunscreen should always be worn – even on cloudy days. Your skin is still being exposed to UV rays even if it is overcast. 

Second, people of all skin tones can benefit from wearing sunscreen. People with more melanin in their skin can still get sunburn, skin damage and skin cancer. 

Lastly, wearing makeup is not enough to protect your face from the sun. The face still requires that layer of protection. Learn more about how to implement sunscreen into your skincare and makeup routine below.

Routine Implementation

Don’t worry, you don’t have to use the old, greasy, sand-coated sunscreen bottle at the bottom of your beach bag on your face every morning.

You can find a good face-specific sunscreen that coordinates with your skin type. There is a wide range of options on the market for oily skin, dry skin, darker complexions, combination skin or acne-prone skin. 

If that doesn’t seem appealing to you, there are other options. One is moisturizers with SPF. These moisturizers more align with a lotion as they smooth and hydrate the skin, but provide extra protection from UV rays. 

If you dislike the stark white pastiness of sunscreen, there are tinted versions that come in a wide variety of shades for different skin tones. 

Some brands specialize in eco-friendly containers and ingredients as well, or you could make your own solution at home.

Once you’ve selected your desired sunscreen option, you are ready to start using it every day! 

The order of applying facial skincare and makeup products is recommended as follows:

  1. Cleanser
  2. Moisturizer*
  3. Sunscreen 
  4. Makeup – primer, foundation, etc. 

*If you have oily or acne-prone skin, apply medications prior to moisturizer


Adding sunscreen to your skincare year-round can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Utilize the market’s options to find an everyday sunscreen that works for your skin and your routine. 

Sourced by : Medical News Today

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