“I rarely wear makeup, but we always wear sunscreen on our faces.”
It is a new week and we are going to start the week with some sunscreen. There was an incredibly hot day in Lagos sometime last week and it reminded me of the need for sunscreen. I often forget to apply sunscreen and this made me realise that a lot of us probably forget about sunscreen as well and its importance. Personally, I do not really think it is mentioned enough when it comes to skincare in Nigeria. That is why I needed to address it because we need to protect our skin from sun exposure, especially if we still want to have amazing skin when we are older.
Believe me, sunscreen does wonders, its main function is to protect us from sunburns. However, it does much more than that, like preventing premature ageing, pigmentation and loss of natural radiance. It also protects the natural glow girl and you do not want to lose that. Also, a lot of celebrities swear by sunscreen, like Tracee Ellis, Charlize Theron, Drew Barrymore and the Kardashian/Jenner clan to mention a few. Now, sunscreens are mainly rated based on the SPF they have and that just means the sun protection factor. So, for a country like Nigeria, that is mainly hot, you are going to need at least SPF30, especially if you spend a lot of time outside in the sun. If not, you can get away with SPF15 or anything lower. Remember, the more time spent outside, the higher SPF you will need and vice versa.
However, when it comes to choosing the right skincare products, it’s important you know and understand the skin type you have in order to purchase the most suitable sunscreen for you. For instance, if you have oily skin you would use a sunscreen that is not very greasy whilst on the other hand someone with dry skin will use sunscreen that is more hydrating. And those with normal skin can get away with applying any type of sunscreen. So, Sunscreen is available in different forms, mainly as a lotion but it comes as a spray or gel as well.
On that note, some really good high-end sunscreens I recommend are:
- Kiehl’s Sisley Youth Protector
- Shiseido Expert Sun Aging Protection Lotion
- Dermalogica Dynamic Skin Recovery
- Clinique Broad Spectrum SPF 45 Sunscreen
Whilst some really good drugstore sunscreen products are:
- Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion
- Aveeno Protect+Hydrate Sunscreen lotion
- Nivea protect and moisture moisturising sunscreen lotion
- LA Roche-Posay Ultra-Light Sunscreen Fluid
Now, that everything has been covered you can go out knowing that your skin is protected girl!