The last step when building a Korean skincare routine is sunscreen, but why is it so important?
We’ve all been told that sunscreen is a necessity when it comes to skin care, but why is it something that we need to take so seriously? Well, lets break it down and look at the facts.
Firstly, lets look at UV radiation. This is part of the natural energy that is produced by the sun, and whilst it’s not visible to us, we can sometimes feel it on our skin. You may also have experienced this feeling if you’ve used tanning beds.
When we look at UV radiation, it’s broken down into two types:
UVA- this has a longer wavelength and we associate it with ageing
UVB- this is a shorter wavelength and we associate it with skin burning
UVA remains constant all year long and can cause the skin to age prematurely and plays a significant role in the development of cancer. UVB is the main cause of sunburn as it penetrates the epidermis, and it is at its strongest during the summer.
By taking small and simple steps towards protecting our skin with sunscreen, we can look after our skin, keep it nourished and prevent any damage from occurring.
Simply add on your sunscreen before applying make up and keep it topped up throughout the day, even when you’re in doors or when the sun isn’t out.
As we’ve discussed in the past, Korean skincare is all about keeping things lightweight, fresh and simple, and the same goes for the all important sunscreen step.
Quite often you may have found Western sunscreen to be thick, heavy and powerful in smell. However, with many Korean sunscreen products, they’ve been designed to be lightweight, moisturising and incredibly nourishing.
A great place to start for those that are looking to invest in Korean skincare is the COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream. This ultra hydrating and easily absorbed sun cream helps to protect the skin from sunburn without a sticky residue left behind.
Another popular choice is the Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Sunscreen. Perfect for protecting the skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, you’ll prevent premature ageing with this nourishing and hydrating formula.
So, if you want to have a hot girl summer whilst looking after your skin, you can find peace of mind with Korean sunscreen!