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Why Is Sunscreen Important?
According to the Cancer Council, exposure to the ultraviolet radiation emitted by the sun causes over 90 percent of melanomas (the most lethal type of skin cancer). And because Australia has the highest skin cancer mortality rates in the world, we need to be extra careful! The Cancer Council says that 1 in 8 adults are sunburnt on an average summer weekend.
So where does sunscreen come in? Well, sunscreen helps protect your skin from sunburn and skin cancer by blocking UVB (ultraviolet B) rays from penetrating the skin. How much UVB is blocked depends on the sunscreen’s SPF or Sun Protection Factor. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, the SPF number indicates how much longer you can stay out in the sun before burning. For example, using an SPF 15 sunscreen will mean it will take you 15 times longer than usual to get sunburnt.
However, this doesn’t mean that a higher SPF is a safer bet. There is a sweet spot too – most skincare experts recommend using SPF 15 to 50. This is because most people tend to assume that just because they’re using an extremely high SPF they can stay out in the sun indefinitely. But sunscreens aren’t like magic, and the longer you stay out, the higher your risk of sun damage – sunscreen or not!
Do I Really Need To Put On Sunscreen Every Day?
You can still get sunburnt on gloomy, rainy, and even winter days. You need protection from the sun every single day, not just for cancer prevention, but for general skin care too! This is why moisturiser with SPF is important.
The 6 Best Moisturisers With Sunscreen
Overview: This day cream gives your face a beauty boost – think anti-ageing, spot and line-reduction, radiance-inducing – all while blocking out harmful UV rays. It’s got green tea extract and vitamins B3, Pro-B5, and E too. As it is available in four variations – normal, normal with SPF15, gentle, and gentle with SPF15, Olay offers an anti-UVA and UVB cream for all skin types. Of course, we suggest getting the ones with SPF!
Overview: We’re putting this product high up on our list because it’s one of the priciest ones here. However, that doesn’t mean it isn’t effective. This daily moisturiser doesn’t just protect and moisturise, it’s also got anti-aging properties which prevent wrinkles, fine lines, and uneven texture. It’s also Paraben-Free and Synthetic-Fragrance Free.
Overview: This oil-free moisturiser with SPF 50 contains two special ingredients that help provide the best care for your face and body. First, it’s got Fernblock, a fern extract that is supposed to block radiation and protect the skin from aging. Second, it’s got Green Tea extract – an ingredient with strong antioxidant and antibacterial properties!
Sadly, this product can only be bought at specialised clinics, which is why we’re not putting it close to the top spot on this list.
Overview: If you’ve got sensitive skin, you’re probably already using Cetaphil as your facial wash. But did you know the brand carries a pretty solid moisturiser/sunscreen too? This moisturiser, which the brand states is best for sensitive, oily/combination, and eczema-prone skin, helps protect the face and body from both UVB and UVA radiation.
This men’s and women’s moisturiser is also essential for acne-prone folks, since its non-greasy formula won’t clog your pores!
Overview: Natio is a proudly Australian beauty brand that uses natural ingredients like plant extracts and essential oils. Their award-winning Daily Defence moisturiser is a light moisturiser that protects the face from sunburn while soothing and hydrating it with aloe and Vitamin E.
Overview: With zinc oxide as its active ingredient, Invisible Zinc’s facial moisturiser doesn’t just protect your face from the sun, it helps damaged skin recover too. That’s because zinc oxide is said to have antibacterial properties. According to its website, Invisible Zinc protects skin while maintaining a “silk touch finish” and hydrating skin as it protects!