How to choose the ideal sunscreen for your face?

Apr 27, 2024
Glowing Skin - How to choose your sun protection

As the sunny days approach, the use of sunscreen becomes essential, especially for the face, which is often more exposed and susceptible to UV damage. In this article, we will discuss how to select the best sunscreen for your specific needs, taking into account different protection factors and skin types.

What is the difference between SPF 30 and 50?

Sun protection factor (SPF) is crucial in combating harmful UV rays. An SPF of 30 blocks about 96.7% of UVB rays, while an SPF of 50 blocks about 98%. Although the difference may seem small, for sensitive or very fair skin, this small extra percentage can have a significant impact in reducing exposure to UV rays.

How do you know which sunscreen to take?

Choosing the right sunscreen depends on several factors:

Skin type : Fair skin, which burns easily, requires a higher SPF rating. Darker skin tones can opt for lower indices and still get adequate protection.
Exposure conditions : If you plan on long exposure to the sun, a high SPF is recommended, especially if you are at the beach or in the mountains where the reflection of the sun's rays intensifies the exposure.
Personal preferences : The texture of the cream (cream, gel, spray) and the presence or absence of perfumes and oils can also influence your choice.
Glowing Skin - Facial sun protection

What SPF for the face?

For the face, it's best to use an SPF of at least 30, especially if you spend a lot of time outdoors. For everyday activities, an SPF of 30 to 50 is ideal to provide sufficient protection while feeling comfortable on the skin without being too heavy.

Which SPF to choose for every day?

For daily use, an SPF between 30 and 50 is recommended. This provides adequate protection against UVA and UVB rays while preventing premature aging and the risk of skin cancer. Lightweight, non-greasy formulations are available for daily use without clogging pores.

In light of recent discoveries

A recent program on Europe 1 revealed that a third of facial sunscreens on the market do not comply with the protection advertised, especially with regard to UVA protection. It is therefore crucial to choose products from reputable brands and check independent test results before purchasing.

All-weather sun protection and solarium recommendations

Even on cloudy days or when you're in the shade, it's crucial to apply sunscreen. Up to 80% of UV rays can pass through clouds and reflect off light surfaces like sand or ground, increasing your exposure to harmful rays. In addition, it is important to know that the tan obtained in a solarium does not protect against the harmful effects of natural sun rays. Contrary to popular belief, solarium tanning is mainly caused by UVA rays which do not provide protection against the sun's harmful UVB radiation. To learn more about the correct use of sunscreen and other practical tips, visit , where you will find detailed and expert information to improve your sun care routine and effectively protect your skin.

Our selection of sunscreens at Glowing Skin

For our customers looking for effective and safe products, we offer a carefully selected range at Glowing Skin. Here are some of our favorites:

  1. Invisible Physical Defense by Dermalogica
    This daily sunscreen is ideal for all skin types. Formulated with ultra-transparent zinc oxide, it offers broad-spectrum protection against UV rays and blue light without leaving white marks, thanks to its ability to adapt to all skin tones. Bioactive Mushroom Complex and Matcha Green Tea provide soothing and antioxidant properties to combat redness and environmental damage.
  2. Urban Shield SPF 30 by Skin Regimen
    Protect your skin with this innovative treatment which combines UVA/UVB protection and action against pollution. Its formula contains dandelion extract and Longevity ComplexTM, offering a unifying and illuminating action. With its light texture and rapid absorption, this product is perfect after a peel or for tired and stressed skin.
  3. Patyka SPF 30 Facial Sun Cream
    Recommended for the most sensitive skin, this cream combines high UVA/UVB protection thanks to its mineral filters with powerful antioxidants such as green micro-algae and Pongamia extract. It hydrates and soothes with hyaluronic acid and organic aloe vera. Its fluid and light texture makes it perfect for daily use under makeup.
  4. Radiant Protection SPF 30 Fluid d'Eminence
    This cream enriched with Bakuchiol, a gentle alternative to retinol, and niacinamide, helps smooth skin texture and reduce visible signs of aging while providing broad-spectrum sun protection. Zinc oxide protects against UVA and UVB while soothing dry skin. With its luminous finish, it leaves the skin hydrated, smooth and radiant.
Glowing Skin - Sun protection - Conclusion

These products are specially selected for their effectiveness and gentleness, providing solid protection while caring for your skin. At Glowing Skin, we are committed to providing you with the best solutions for daily sun protection that respects and beautifies your skin.