As I am writing this post from a country that gets two days of summer a year, saying that SPF is essential all year round might sound a little crazy. However, after years of our parents and grandparents being sun worshippers, we’re finally starting to learn that the sun isn’t all that good for your skin.
Skin diseases like melanoma and skin cancer can be avoided by using an SPF. I’ve learned all too well in the past few years that if there’s anything I can do to protect my skin from conditions like these, I’ll do it. Prevention is the best cure, and if putting an SPF on everyday means your skin is less at risk, I don’t see why everyone doesn’t do it. Not to mention that using an SPF protects your skin from premature signs of ageing – how many more reasons does a person need?!
Not going to lie, I only started using an SPF religiously about two months ago. I went to Kiehl’s in search of a product that would calm and cure my skin, yet the lady working at the store insisted that no matter what I use, sun protection has to be a part of my skincare routine. Although temperatures might only reach high double digits in Ireland a few times a year, the sun can still damage your skin, even if it isn’t necessarily sunny or warm outside. I don’t spend a lot of time at once outside (I’m not a vampire, I swear) but considering that I walk most places and venture outside my house about three times a day, my skin is more exposed to the sun than I’d originally thought.
I was afraid that putting an SPF on under my makeup would cause my foundation to slide and break me out, yet I’ve had no problems with that at all. I learned early on that a pea-sized amount is enough to cover my whole face, and it usually dries in in less than two minutes. Perfect for someone who’s always rushing out the door in the morning.
Kiehl’s Ultra Light UV Defence is a bit on the pricey side, it’s just under €40, yet as hardly any of the product is needed and considering the benefits using it gives you, I think €40 is a pretty good price to pay.