We’re huge proponents of wearing SPF every single day, rain or shine, no matter what. And, this includes wearing sunscreen indoors too, even in winter. Why? Well, nearly all visible effects of aging to the skin are due to sun exposure, so protection is a MUST.
The best anti-aging product you can use, SPF is a vital part of your everyday skin protection plan. But, alongside it there are some other key skin-shielding ingredients that will support in the preventative aging stakes. Here's our favorite skincare steps to prevent and protect skin.
1. Antioxidants help repair and protect skin. Studies have shown that using a vitamin C serum in conjunction with sunscreen can help boost protection. We love C-Shield Anti-Pollution Drops,—a vitamin C serum for this. Apply daily after cleansing and toning. Add C-Shield Eye Restore Hydrator around eye area too for extra protection.
2. Blue light and other indoor assailants like pollution (yes, even indoors) can contribute to premature aging and worsen hyperpigmentation. Looking for brightening products to not only protect, but even out tone will be key. Our vitamin C products include blue light defense, but for brightening and treating hyperpigmentation we love Daily Power C+.
3. And, of course, sunscreen is an ABSOLUTE MUST—indoors and out, every single day. It is the number one way to not only protect your skin, but also to preserve the results of other treatments you’re using to improve it. Don’t be fooled, UV rays directly penetrate through windows. Our C-Shield Anti-Pollution Moisture Tint is a hybrid tinted moisturizer powered by SPF and vitamin C. It works beautifully with the C-Shield Anti-Pollution Drops. Or, if you're looking for weightless, sheer SPF, Oil Free SPF 40+ will be your go-to.
While it may seem like staying indoors means you’re safe from damaging UV rays, the reality is the sun can still make its way to your skin through windows and incidental exposure like quick trips in the car, a stroll out to the mailbox or taking your dog out on a walk.
While standard glass windows typically block UVB rays, which are the primary cause of sunburns, they do not block UVA rays, which are responsible for what’s called “photo-aging” that leads to wrinkles, sun spots, texture issues, and most concerningly, skin cancer.
Even if it feels like your curtains or blinds are sufficiently blocking these rays, the reality is they’re still getting inside and even indirect exposure can cause lasting damage.
We spend the majority of our time in front of screens, whether it’s smart phones, tablets, laptops, or TVs. These devices emit blue light, which has a short wavelength and high energy, that can have a damaging effect on the skin and lead to hyperpigmentation or texture issues over time.
In addition to the sun’s UV rays, this high-energy visible light (also known as HEV light) generates free radicals in skin cells, which are unstable molecules that damage collagen and elastin in the skin and result in texture issues like wrinkles and leathery skin, as well as hyperpigmentation like age spots or melasma. Thankfully, SPF provides a shield against the damage HEV can cause. Long story short, wearing SPF everyday and a vitamin C serum, will help prevent damage from any light sources.
Vitamin C and suncare are the perfect pairing, and using both together helps you maximize protection and prevention.
Remember, the best SPF is the one you use everyday. And, don’t forget to reapply. To ensure maximum protection, sunscreen should be reapplied every two hours to maintain effectiveness throughout the day.
We know everyone’s skin is different and we all have our own formula or ingredient preferences, skin type, and concerns. That's why we make a variety of formulas, textures, and finishes, so every skin can be protected.
Tinted Primer SPF 30 If you're a fan of primers, this tinted, sunscreen infused formula is for you. It has a semi-matte finish and is perfect for smoothing out any fine lines creating a clear canvas for your makeup.
Protecting Powder SPF 20 is a self-dispensing brush-on powder formula that makes reapplication throughout the day super easy and convenient.
Luminous Liquid Foundation SPF 18 is a lightweight, liquid foundation that enhances radiance for a soft focus effect on the skin while protecting against UVA and UVB rays. Just make sure to also use a face sunscreen prior to application too for maximum protection.
Daily SPF application is non-negotiable. Wearing SPF every single day is the best way to make sure you’re always protected and safeguard yourself against the environmental aggressors, both inside and out.