Korean skincare has dominated beauty headlines lately. The typical routine often consists of up to 15 products applied morning and night, which can be too time-consuming for many people (even skin care junkies!). But there is one crucial step in any Korean skincare routine that you need to follow. Keep reading to see what it is.
You've probably seen a few different Korean skincare products and routines, and while there is no one "right" Korean skincare routine, one theme stands out above the rest: proper sun protection.
Every Korean skincare routine includes the application of SPF, regardless of season or weather. Experts even claim that applying SPF regularly is the biggest differentiator in the Korean regimen.
This theme is apparent through thousands of Korean SPF and sun protection options including broad spectrum sunscreens, sun protecting makeup (never used as the only source of protection), visors, special clothing, sun-blocking umbrellas, hats, and more.
The obsession with blocking UVA and UVB rays isn't unwarranted. The sun is the number one cause of aging skin. Repeated UV exposure breaks down collagen and stunts new collagen synthesis, which leads to sagging skin, wrinkles, and fine lines. Any time you are exposed to UV rays, they trigger your melanin production which leads to age spots. Not to mention the risk of skin cancer.
Prevention is the best cure, so educate and protect yourself daily. Take our sun safety quiz to see how 'sun smart' you are.
The number one way to protect yourself against the sun's harmful rays is to apply a high quality broad spectrum sunscreen every morning and reapply throughout the day. The following broad spectrum sunscreens are all dermatologist and clinically tested to be non-irritating, non-allergenic and non-sensitizing.
RayDefense: This SPF 30 broad spectrum sunscreen provides protection for an active, outdoor lifestyle and prolonged sun exposure. This sun-smart technology is a dominant defense against the UVA and UVB rays that can cause early skin aging. RayDefense is lightweight and hydrating, so you can use it in place of your daily moisturizer in the morning.
SPF 50 FaceScreen: This is Bioelements highest level of anti-aging UVA and UVB sun protection. SPF 50 FaceScreen will decrease the risk of skin aging as it improves the appearance of lines, wrinkles and the feel of firmness. It is light enough to wear under makeup.
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