Hello. This is your community service announcement.
Wearing SPF 30+ sunscreen is, in fact, a non-negotiable: rain, hail or shine; seven days a week.
We get it—it’s not always easy to remember to wear sunscreen. Warm temperatures plus the blazing sun make covering up a no-brainer but in the winter months, when the cold goes straight to your bones, only a lunatic would be extra diligent with SPF, right?
Here’s the thing: Summer has officially started Down Under but for those who are battling cloud cover, rain and the winter chill north of the equator, it doesn’t mean you can slack off either!
Anytime it’s light outside — meaning you’re not in a pitch-dark coal mine — you’re getting exposure from UVA (A for ageing rays) and UVB (B for burning rays). Even if there’s a blizzard and the sun isn’t shining at all, and even if your breath freezes on your nostrils and you can’t feel your face, and even if you’re outside or sitting behind a glass window, your skin is still getting sun damage. Get the point?
All of that being said, it’s no fun to smear on greasy lotion when you’re icy-cold or sweltering hot. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to stay protected without breaking out the bottle…
What’s cool about this setting spray is that you can spritz it on right over your makeup and SPF without looking shiny. It’s also quite cool, literally: The formula contains a cooling agent and refreshing MoistureLock Complex to help lock in your makeup and keep your skin hydrated. And rest easy, SK-II Mid Night Miracle Essence features a non-aerosol bottle, which is environmentally friendly — and still delivers a fine, even spray.
PRIME & PROTECT
Appling sunscreen underneath your moisturiser and primer every day is an easy way to protect your skin against the sun’s damaging UVA and UVB rays. But, let’s be real—all those steps can be annoyingly time-consuming, so try an all-in-one product instead. Laura Mercier Foundation Primer prepares your complexion for smooth makeup application while protecting your skin with SPF 30 in one fell swoop. #winning.
It’s true—not all powder foundations are created equal. However, Dior Diorsnow Compact Foundation SPF 30 is elite in that it provides a sheer, flawless and ultra lightweight coverage and a physical sunscreen of titanium dioxide (that’s important, because you can reapply it over makeup during the day). It won’t irritate even the most sensitive skin, plus it’s available in six surprisingly versatile shades.
Just like your face, your lips are prone signs of ageing caused by sun damage such as sun spots, wrinkles and dehydration. Nivea Sun Protect SPF 30 keep lips sunburn-free plus shea butter, sunflower extract and Vitamin E helps to prevent that awful winter chapping.
Sure, there are plenty of foundations with SPF but a lot of them only feature SPF 15, which to be blunt, is simply not enough to keep your skin protected from the harsh sun. So rather than going for a foundation with a little sunscreen, why not try a sunscreen with a little foundation?
Our current favourite, ModelCo Daily Face Mattifying Sunscreen and Lip Balm SPF 50+, manages to absorb into the skin, leaving behind a natural, velvet finish. Full disclosure: When applying to clean, dry skin, rub it in 20 minutes prior to sun exposure as chemical sunscreens require 20 minutes to activate. Reapply every two hours either with this liquid formula or with a powder SPF 30 formula we previously mentioned.
So folks, have you got the message loud and clear? Wear SPF everyday. End of.