We chat to the beauty experts of Napoleon Perdis about their ultimate sun-safe skincare and makeup routine.
Even in winter, it’s important to maintain a sun-safe skincare routine.
We all love that sun-kissed glow which comes from spending time outside in the sun. However, it’s important to keep your sun-safe skincare routine throughout the seasons to keep skin looking smooth, fresh and healthy.
And with National Sunscreen Day on May 27th, we have some key points on the importance of sun-safe skincare and makeup according to Australian cosmetic brand Napoleon Perdis.
In this ultimate guide, we dive into what SPF stands for, what it means for your skin, the different types of sunscreen, and how to choose the right one for your skin type.
Plus, we’ll share tips and product recommendations from the experts at Napoleon Perdis, for a sun-safe skincare and makeup routine all year round, featuring some of their favourite products to use as well.
So, whether you’re hitting the beach or just running errands, keep reading to learn how to shine bright, and not burn – or age prematurely.
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, which measures how well a sunscreen can protect your skin from harmful UVB rays of the sun.
The higher the SPF number, the greater the protection provided. For instance, if your skin typically starts to burn after 10 minutes in the sun, an SPF 30 sunscreen would protect your skin for approximately 300 minutes (10 minutes x 30 SPF).
So, why is sunscreen important in skincare?
Plainly put, as lovely as the sun feels on our skin, you’ll likely end up with a sunburn without any skin protection like sunscreen.
Different Types of SPF and Their Uses:
There are two primary types of sunscreens: physical and chemical.
- Physical sunscreens use ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide to physically block the sun’s rays from penetrating the skin.
- Chemical sunscreens use a combination of chemicals to absorb the sun’s rays and convert them into heat, which is then released from the skin.
Both types of sunscreens can be effective, so it’s a matter of personal preference which type you choose.
When selecting a sunscreen, it’s essential to consider your skin type to ensure you have the best protection against the sun’s harmful rays.
Here are some tips to help you choose the right SPF for your skin type:
Determine your skin type:
Different skin types – sensitive, oily, acne-prone and combination – have different needs for sun protection.
Pay attention to how your skin looks and feels throughout the day to determine your skin type.
Consider consulting a skin care professional, such as a dermatologist or aesthetician, who can help determine your skin type and recommend the best skincare products.
Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen:
A broad-spectrum sunscreen protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
UVA rays are responsible for premature ageing, while UVB rays are the ones that cause sunburn. Make sure the sunscreen you choose offers both UVA and UVB protection.
Choose the right SPF level:
The SPF level depends on your skin type and how long you plan to spend in the sun.
Generally, an SPF 30 sunscreen is sufficient for most people. However, if you have fair skin or plan to spend much time outdoors, you may want to choose a higher SPF. Remember, the higher the SPF, the more protection you’ll get.
Reapply regularly in summer:
No matter what SPF level you choose, it’s important to reapply sunscreen regularly, especially if you’re spending time in the Australian sun.
Ideally, you should reapply every two hours or more frequently if you’re swimming or sweating.
By choosing the right SPF for your skin type and using it regularly, you can protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays and reduce your risk of skin damage, premature ageing, and skin cancer.
If you have oily skin and are looking for a lightweight and non-greasy sunscreen, Napoleon Perdis’ Skin Guardian Natural-Matte SPF +50 Sunscreen is an excellent choice. It is lightweight, has a matte finish and it is designed to contribute to the production of natural hyaluronic acid to maintain skin’s natural hydration levels.
If you want to protection and glow, go for a dewy finish sunscreen. Lightweight and designed to hydrate your skin, Napoleon Perdis’ Skin Guardian Dewy SPF50+ Sunscreen is the perfect option for you. It will provide both hydration and sun protection, and it is perfect for that glowy makeup look.
Apart from using sunscreen, there are other steps you can take to protect your skin from the sun.
Check out these hacks and tips and product recommendations:
- Use a primer with SPF: Napoleon Perdis’ Auto Pilot Primer provides added protection and helps smooth and prep your skin for makeup.
- Use a foundation with SPF: Napoleon Perdis’ Stroke of Genius SPF20 is a great option, providing buildable coverage, smoothing the skin, minimising fine lines and wrinkles and sun protection in one.
- Don’t forget your lips: The sun can also damage them, so be sure to use a lip balm with SPF like Napoleon Perdis’ Skin Guardian Pout Protect SPF50 to add a subtle tint and shine, whilst protecting against UVA and UVB rays.
- Consider a BB cream: If you’re after a lighter alternative to foundation, a BB cream like Napoleon Perdis’ BBB Cream SPF30+ can provide both coverage and sun protection.
Napoleon Perdis offers a range of skincare products with SPF protection that provides numerous skin benefits. Using skincare products with SPF is like having an extra layer of protection against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Not only that but skincare products with SPF can also help hydrate your skin, making it an easy and convenient option for your daily skincare routine. They’ll lend a helping hand evening out your skin tone and texture, reducing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and dark spots caused by sun damage.
Incorporating skincare products with SPF into your daily routine allows you to maintain healthy and radiant-looking skin, enhancing your overall appearance and confidence.
Remember, protecting your skin from the sun is essential for National Sunscreen Day and every day. Incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine can help prevent skin damage and premature ageing and reduce your risk of skin cancer.
Don’t forget to reapply sunscreen every two hours if you’re spending time in the sun and wear protective clothing like hats and sunglasses for added protection.
Napoleon Perdis offers a range of skincare and sunscreen products to help you achieve a sun-safe and radiant complexion. Check out their Skincare and Sunscreen collections for more information, and remember to shine bright, not burn!