A Beginner’s Guide to SPF: Everything You Need to Know About Sunscreen

It’s getting slightly warmer outside, and we’re not complaining. Although layering and the occasional chunky sweater may still be necessary, brighter, sunnier days are ahead! We don’t know about you but this makes us more cautious when it comes to taking care of the skin.

You guessed it right, it’s even more essential to wear SPF (Sun Protection Factor), just like mask-wearing is, in the not-so-new normal. PSA: Just because you’re holed up at home 24/7 doesn’t mean you should neglect wearing sunscreen. Wearing SPF religiously helps protect the skin from intense UV rays, delays skin aging, and even decreases the appearance of hyperpigmentation. Make it a non-negotiable in your morning routine! 

It’s never too late to start wearing SPF, to be honest. Need more convincing? Here’s why should you wear your sunscreen every day: 

  • It protects the skin from UV rays.
  • Sunscreen is easily the most essential step to your skincare routine. There’s really no point in having a daily regimen if you skip the step. It’s a non-negotiable! A broad-spectrum sunscreen stops the sun’s UV rays from damaging your skin, which can further penetrate deeper into your skin and wreak long-lasting havoc. 


  • It lowers the risk of skin cancer.  
  • Everyone is susceptible to skin cancer, facts only. The darker your skin color doesn’t make you any less prone to skin damage caused by the sun. You literally reduce the risk of skin cancer by 50% when you wear SPF on the daily. It’s also highly effective in preventing short-term and long-term damage to skin!


  • It prevents premature aging of skin. 
  • Frown lines and premature wrinkles got you down? Wearing SPF may just help with that! Be diligent with your application, and you may just need less (expensive!) anti-aging products in your regimen.  


  • It helps maintain an even skin tone. 
  • Hyperpigmentation AKA acne scars from pesky “maskne” can get pretty annoying. Applying sunscreen on the daily helps brighten dull skin and even out one’s skin tone. 


    Don’t forget to apply your sunscreen every morning at the end of your skincare routine. Hold up your two fingers (like a peace sign) and make sure that the amount covers the area! This gives you enough coverage for the day. You may even reapply your SPF with a cushion puff mid-afternoon for that extra protection. 

    Need some product recommendations you can easily add to cart? Read ahead! 

    Exchange the unflattering sunblock giving off white cast with an ultra hydrating formula like the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream. This breakthrough product provides protection against UVA and UVB rays with SPF 50 PA+++. The finish is weightless and almost invisible that you can apply it before your makeup, as it should be.

    COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Screen SPF 50 PA+++


    The award-winning formulation of the holy grail Neogen Day-Light Protection Sun Screen SPF 50/PA+++ withstands sweat, water, and heat. It’s highly recommended for sensitive skin, too!  Hate the feeling of greasy sunscreen and the look of whitecast? This formula is lightweight, non-sticky and doesn’t look like anything on skin. Product nourishes skin with rose and raspberry extracts while providing broad-spectrum UV protection from harmful UV rays and environmental stressors.

    NEOGEN Day-light protection sun screen SPF 50 PA+++


    Press reset on your skin with thel Etude House Jung Mild Defence Sun Cream, a gentle yet powerful sunscreen enriched with panthenol to moisturize and soothe stressed skin. It’s fast-absorbing and moist, relieving skin of dehydration. Best of all, it provides a pleasant cooling sensation for warmer days ahead. 

    Etude House Soon Jung Mild Defense Sun Cream SPF 50 PA+++


    It only takes a few minutes of your time! Apply sunscreen on the daily, and you’re doing yourselfand your skina huge favor. 

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