Is It Safe To Apply Sunscreen Before Your Moisturizer?

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Skincare is like science and the application order of your products can make the difference in seeing results. One staple in every skincare routine is SPF protection and we’ve always heard it should be the last thing you apply to your face before leaving the house.

Recently, an article was published about applying it as the first layer and the online beauty community lost their minds. We decided to investigate using sunscreen as your first skincare step and if it’s really safe.

The Type of Sunscreen You Use Matters

spf, spf protection, sunscreen, sun care, skincareApplying sunscreen before the rest of your skincare is possible, but it is a bit more difficult depending on your type of sunscreen. Some sunscreens are chemical while others are made from minerals. If you use a chemical sunscreen, it actually requires absorbing into the skin to be able to protect. That means that applying it over top of other products could change the properties and effectiveness of the SPF and it should always go under your other products.

Mineral sunscreen is protecting your skin but instead of absorbing, it does so by sitting on the surface of the skin to reflect UV rays and keep free radicals from causing wrinkles and damage. If you are using a mineral sunscreen it will matter which order you apply it in and you should always apply it last.

Avoid Two In Ones

sunscreen, sun cream, spf, spf protection, sun protection, skincareWhile it might seem tempting to just switch to a moisturizer that includes SPF protection, the fact of the matter is that it will never protect your skin as well as using two separate products.

Take the Repair and Release Cream for instance, which is formulated without SPF. Because of its powerful peptides and antioxidants, the chemicals and sunscreen would not only be less effective, but it could actually hurt the results you see. That’s why we suggest keeping your SPF protection and your moisturizer with essential antioxidants and peptides separate.

No Matter What, Re-apply!

spf, spf protection, sunscreen, sun cream, sun protection help, skincareNow that you know chemical sunscreen should be your first layer and mineral sunscreen should be your last, we want to remind you that no matter what kind of sun protection you use, it won’t work unless you re-apply! Sunscreen can’t last through sweat or water and can wear off in only a few hours so keep some handy in your car, desk or handbag.

Reapplying your sunscreen all day also requires a little extra attention when cleansing your skin at night. The buildup of sunscreen can cause clogged pores, enhanced wrinkles and breakouts so make sure you’re cleansing thoroughly morning and night with your olive oil cleanser to keep skin healthy and safe.

Here Are The Most Common Sunscreen Mistakes You’re Making

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If there is anything you’ve learned from us about skincare, we hope it’s that SPF is one of the most important parts of your routine and the best preventative measure when it comes to wrinkles, dark spots, and sagging skin.

Using sunscreen can make a big difference in the health of your skin but most American’s are actually making some huge mistakes when it comes to sun protection. We’ve rounded up the most common sun care mistakes and provide easy solutions on how to fix them!

You’re Using 2-in-1 Protection

sunscreen, sun care, sun protection, spf, uv rays, skincareDoes the idea of one step for skin health and sun protection sound too good to be true? Chances are, it is. In recent years, it’s become common for brands to include SPF in their makeup and skincare products however this is a very dangerous practice because mixing SPF with other chemicals can actually make it way less effective.

Any proper chemist knows that it’s not a great idea to mix anti-aging ingredients with SPF because it will hurt the effectiveness of all ingredients, not just the ones protecting you from the sun. That’s why we chose to formulate our Repair & Release Cream without SPF, so you can apply and re-layer your sun protection without worrying about if it’s working properly.

You’re Not Re-Applying

sunscreen, sun care, sun protection, spf, uv rays, skincareDid you know that even the strongest sunscreen only works for a few hours? That means that if you’re not re-applying your SPF at least every 2-3 hours throughout the day, your skin is still at major risk of sun damage.

To keep applying sunscreen top of mind, keep a small bottle in your car, on your desk, and in your purse, making it easy to re-apply on the go and keep skin safe. One application of SPF a day, especially if you are outside, will have little or no benefit to your skin.

You’re Not Washing Old Sunscreen Off

sunscreen, sun care, sun protection, spf, uv rays, skincareYou also don’t want to compromise the health of your skin by clogging up pores and sleeping with leftover sunscreen on your face. Washing off your sunscreen from the day with your Olive Oil Cleanser will make sure you’ve removed all the dirt and product from your face, but will also battle any free radicals that made their way to your skin.

If you’re sleeping in your sun care products, you can expect dull, flakey skin, breakouts, clogged pores, and excess oil production. All these bad side effects are easily avoided with a quick cleansing routine and can make a work of difference in your journey to younger looking skin.

Three Places Your Face Is Secretly Getting Sun Damaged

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Sun Damage is one of the worst environmental factors for your skin. Not only is it the leading cause of skin cancer, but it is also responsible for making you age years faster than you should be.

We all slather on SPF for a day at the beach, but it turns out most of the damage is done in places you would never expect. This is why it’s important to use UV protection at all times throughout the day, no matter what time of year.

Here are some surprising places you’re most susceptible to sun damage…

At Work

sun damage, uv damage, uva, uvb, skincare, anti-agingThink you got lucky with the window seat in the office? Think again! Not only can it do damage to your eyes if it’s very bright, but it is also hurting your skin and causing you to age faster.

Most office windows may be tinted to keep sunlight out, but they aren’t able to keep UV rays out. That means even if you’re inside all day, you’re still suffering the negative effects of sun damage.

The good news is many makeup brands include SPF now in foundations so you’re able to get some coverage from that. Just make sure that you re-apply with a regular SPF throughout the day and wash your face thoroughly at night with an Olive Oil Cleanser to remove all the leftover makeup and sunscreen to avoid clogging pores.

In The Car

sun damage, uv damage, uva, uvb, skincare, anti-agingIf you’re not slathering on the SPF for your commute to work or home, you might want to rethink that. When you’re driving, UV rays are penetrating your skin through car windows and sunroof. In fact, people often have more sun exposure on the left side of their face due to exposure from UVA rays shining through their car’s driver’s side window.

To avoid any damage to your skin from the sunshine in the car, keep a bottle of SPF in your glove compartment or center console. That way, you can create a healthy habit of re-applying sunscreen every time you get in the car for a commute or a road trip.

Cloudy Weather

sun protection, uv protection, uva, uvb, skincare, anti-agingJust because the sun isn’t shining doesn’t mean that UV rays are not there. In fact, experts say that most people suffer the worst sun damage on overcast days because they wrongly assume the sun isn’t strong enough to cause them harm.

UV rays can penetrate, even when it’s dark and cloudy so no matter what the weather outside, you still need to apply your sunscreen! We suggest applying an SPF of at least 30 on top of your Repair & Release Cream every morning and re-applying every few hours throughout the day.

Can You Believe Tomato Is The New Secret To Amazing Skin?!

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We’re always on the hunt for tips and tricks to help our skin look it’s best but we were so surprised when we stumbled upon a tip that Tomato is a secret weapon for skin, and it’s been hiding in our kitchens this whole time!

For this experiment we used fresh, grocery store bought tomatoes and cut them in quarters to rub on our faces. We have to say, the results were great but you for sure want to do this in the privacy of your own home. While it can be a messy and silly looking process, we noticed tons of benefits to our skin after applying it! Here are some of the best things we noticed from our “Tomato Facial”.

It’s A Natural Exfoliant

exfoliation, skincare, anti-aging, skincare foods, diyTomatoes tend to be high in sugar and enzymes, but that’s not a bad thing! When you rub the tomato on your face, the mix of enzymes and sugar gently exfoliates even the most sensitive skin to remove dead cells, dirt and impurities. To increase the effects of exfoliation, dip the park of the tomato you’re rubbing on your skin in sugar before applying it to your skin. The softness of the sugar in the tomato will work on almost every single skin type and provides fast results.

Exfoliating makes skin glow but often store-bought exfoliants are really harsh, even if you don’t suffer from sensitive skin. This is a perfect remedy to dull skin and it’s so gently, you can do it multiple times a week if you want to! The best part is that it is 100% completely natural.

It Can Reduce Dark Spots and Sun Damage

dark spots, sun damage, skincare, diy skincare, anti-agingThe only way to prevent further UV damage is to slather on SPF but what about the damage that starts showing up from years past once you get older? While you can dull the appearance of them with antioxidant skincare, Tomatoes have shown amazing power in reducing and even clearing sun damage.

Tomatoes contain a special ingredient called Lycopene. Lycopene helps the skin recover and repair both sun damage and free radical damage. It’s powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties will restore your skin to a youthful and glowing canvas and will diminish your dark spots and keep breakouts and clogged pores at bay.

It Helps Shrink Pores

tomatoes, skincare, diy skincare, anti-agingStop spending your hard earned money on primers and foundation to mask your larger pores. Tomatoes have a knack for shrinking pores almost instantly and all it takes it a few easy steps in the kitchen. Tomatoes work effectively on pores when applied as an astringent, similar to a toner and this is one of our favorites for having skin that looks so airbrushed, you can skip makeup that day!

Step 1: Mix one spoonful of tomato juice with 4-5 drops of lemon juice

Step 2: Apply gently to your entire face with your fingertips or use a cotton pad if needed

Step 3: Rinse with lukewarm water to shrink open pores

Step 4: ADMIRE!

Have you used Tomatoes in your beauty routine before? Tell us about it in the comments below!