It’s no surprise that the esmi team is obsessed with SPF! It decreases your rate of ageing, is a preventative measure for sun spots and, when worn daily, can actively decrease your risk of skin cancer — there’s nothing it cannot do.
So, when we get asked ‘what is the best sunscreen for my face?’ our hearts sing. Facial SPF is the most important aspect of a morning skincare routine, especially if you live in sunny Australia.
And, to ensure our esmi community can choose the right sunscreen for their skin type we’ve developed a guide to help you identify the best ingredients to look for in SPF for your face. Let’s dive in, shall we.
SPF For Your Face: Why it Matters!
You might think SPF for your face can be skipped over. This might be because you don’t have a family history of skin cancer, or you don’t live somewhere that’s particularly sunny in the daytime. Well, the esmi team has some news for you!
Wearing sunscreen on your face is crucial any time of year as it actively protects your skin from harmful UV rays. This UV light doesn’t just travel when it’s sunshine and rainbows, 80% of UV light can travel through clouds no matter what the weather is. Therefore, it’s important to always wear daily SPF if you are going outside for the day.
SPF also matters for your skin as it can help protect against visible signs of ageing, keep complexion even and ensure your skin is healthier overall. Overexposure to UV light is not ideal for both health and your skin's appearance so why not incorporate SPF for your face into a daily skincare routine?
How to Choose The Right Sunscreen for Your Skin Type
The fact is most people don’t know what sunscreen is right for their skin type, end up choosing the wrong product and then end up with a skin base that doesn’t feel or look right for their skin. We want to end this and allow our community to make an educated decision on a sunscreen that is perfect for dry, sensitive or oily skin.
Sunscreen for Dry Skin
For those who have dry skin and don’t know where to start with facial SPF, always check for hydrating ingredients. Any skincare product that will add additional moisture to your skin is beneficial, especially as sun damage can be extra harsh on dry skin, causing a flaky and cracked appearance that we’re sure no one wants to experience.
Ingredients to look out for in your daily sunscreen include hyaluronic acid and aloe vera. It is also ideal to choose an SPF product that has a creamy texture which will feel comforting on dry skin, in the summer and winter months.
Our Skin Shield Sunscreen SPF 30 contains hydrating ingredients including aloe vera and hyaluronic acid for extra hydration throughout the day — a perfect facial SPF option for those with dry skin.
Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
When choosing a sunscreen for sensitive skin it’s important to look for sunscreens that are suitable for all skin types or especially for sensitive skin. The esmi Skin Shield can be used by all skin types and is highly rated by people with sensitive skin due to the active ingredient of zinc oxide.
Zinc oxide is a great addition to sunscreen as it is anti-inflammatory and gentle on all skin types. If your skin is prone to acne, eczema and ulcers this sunscreen ingredient is essential for your chosen facial SPF.
Sunscreen for Oily Skin
Speaking of Zinc, this active ingredient is also recommended for those with oily skin who want a sunscreen that offers a smooth, matte finish. This ingredient deflects rays away from the skin as it is mineral based and sits on top of the skin instead of absorbing into the face causing extra redness and irritation.
As Skin Shield has zinc oxide as the main active ingredient we also recommend this product for individuals who have oily skin. We never want someone with oily skin to not wear SPF due to extra shine, so we have made sure Skin Shield is non-greasy and can be worn under makeup.
The Best Sunscreen for Your Face
As you may have guessed our esmi Skin Shield Sunscreen SPF 30 is your go-to no matter what your skin type. It’s a best-seller for a reason and is our number-one recommendation when you are looking to add extra protection to your skincare routine.
But, psst — we have a little secret! Coming soon to The Makeup Cartel brands is Sun Skills. A new sunscreen focussed brand that will elevate the way you SPF. Stay tuned for more!