Summertime is right around the corner and you know what that means… SUNSHINE and SPF! There is nothing I love more than spending time outdoors with my family, whether we are relaxing by the pool, watching a baseball game, spending time on our farm, or sneaking in a quick family workout. None of this is done without bringing SPF along, which is why I have hand picked my very own RFA sunscreens!
While sunscreen can help prevent sunburns, that isn’t all it can do! Whether you can see or feel a sunburn, ultraviolet (UV) sun rays can cause cellular damage that increases your risk of cancer and photo-aging. This is why it is important to wear spf DAILY – rain or shine, inside or outside!
But what kind of sunscreen should you choose? Do you need to wear it every day, even in the winter? Which SPF is best for your skin type? Don’t worry… here at RFA we have you covered!
Why is SPF Important?
Sunscreen is a topical product that helps protect against sun damage by absorbing or reflecting UV rays. There are two types of UV light to consider: Ultraviolet A (UVA) has a longer wavelength, and is associated with skin aging. Ultraviolet B (UVB) has a shorter wavelength and is associated with skin burning.
While UVB rays are what cause physical sunburns, UVA rays penetrate the skin more deeply and are associated with aging. We want to protect our skin from both UVA and UVB rays, which is why it’s super important to look for a sunscreen that says “broad-spectrum” or “UVA/UVB protection.”
Did you know that 1 in 5 Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70? Wearing SPF helps your risk of developing skin cancer.
5 Reasons To Wear Sunscreen Daily
- Reduce Risk of Sunburn
- Help With Premature Aging
- Reduce Risk for Skin Cancer
- Reduce Inflammation in Skin
- Help with Hyperpigmentation
Without SPF, you’re exposing your skin to an array of preventable and potentially dangerous effects, including fine lines & wrinkles, dark spots, and, most importantly, skin cancer. Wear your sunscreen… your older self will thank you later!
Sunscreen For All Skin Types
I am very particular about my SPF. After all, I am wearing it Every. Single. Day. After months of searching and personal use, I have hand selected these formulas for our RFA skincare line that I absolutely LOVE and highly recommend. It is so important to me that I find quality products that are suitable for all skin types and I am SO excited to share these with you! I have made sure all of our products have a minimum of SPF 30 in them for full protection. Below is a tool to help you decide which SPF is best for you, but don’t forget we offer complimentary, customized skincare consultations. You can get your customized skincare plan by clicking here! We are here to help you every step of the way to educate you and help choose products that are just right for you.
UV Daily + Protect SPF 50
Daily + Protect SPF 50 is a sheer, lightweight moisturizing sunscreen formulated with hyaluronic acid to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It is ideal for daily use on normal and combination skin. It can be used after microdermabrasion; chemical and glycolic peels; and laser and IPL treatments. The tinted formula additionally helps even out skin tone and may be used as a base or worn alone. Fragrance free, oil-free, paraben-free, sensitivity-free and noncomedogenic.
- Broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50
- 14.8% Zinc Oxide and 7.5% Titanium dioxide
- Hyaluronic acid boosts hydration helping to diminish visible fine lines
- Antioxidant infused to soothe and calm the skin
- Soft, fast-absorbing, and residue free
I love that this sunscreen comes in both tinted and non-tinted. The tint is a universal tint that literally looks good on EVERY skin type – yes, even the palest of skin! I personally love the tint and love that I can throw it on so effortlessly and leave the house with a radiant glow.
For my patients with sensitive skin, finding an SPF formula that won’t mess with your complexion or cause breakouts is super important. This silky white or tinted cream seeps into skin seamlessly, without creating more sensitivity (great for redness-prone skin) and doesn’t have a scent, which is good for people who suffer from eczema or dermatitis. It’s truly a great sunscreen.
Prime + Protect
Guard against the sun’s damaging rays with this buttery soft daily SPF 40 facial sunscreen. RFA Prime + Protect is super lightweight, fast-absorbing, and easy-to-blend! Protects you from UVA, UVB, and HEV blue light rays while leaving no chalky white cast. This is tinted and the color is universal. It looks great on all skin types and gives great coverage!
Powder + Protect
Do you avoid wearing sunscreen because your skin feels too oily? If so, this is the one for you! Did you know you are supposed to reapply your SPF every two hours? This SPF is the perfect choice. You can brush it on top of the skin and makeup to give you that continued protection all day long. The Powder + Protect is a 100% mineral, soft and lightweight formula that provides complete facial sun protection in a portable, easy-to-apply brush application. It reduces oil and impurities on the skin’s surface, which is why it is great for oily skin. It’s perfect to carry along in your purse, gym bag or car for effortless sun protection on the go. The translucent color blurs imperfections, revealing an even, healthy looking skin tone. Antioxidants and natural botanicals calm and soothe visible redness and irritations.
- Broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50
- 24% Zinc Oxide and 22.5% Titanium dioxide
- Reduces shine and blurs imperfections
- Soothes visible redness and potential irritation
- Reduces oil and impurities on the skin’s surface
- Protects against visible aging
- Compact and easy to apply!
Spray + Protect Sunscreen
UV Spray + Protect is a broad-spectrum SPF 50 hydrating body sunscreen in a convenient spray! This lightweight, sweat-resistant formula is enriched with science backed ingredients and antioxidant protection to help protect your skin from future sun damage. It is water-resistant up to 80 minutes and highly effective for active lifestyles and long hours in the sun, which makes it PERFECT for those days at the beach/pool or long hours at the baseball field! Fragrance free, paraben-free, and noncomedogenic. Oil-free and hydrating, which makes it perfect for all skin types! It is eco-friendly and reef safe, too!
- Broad-Spectrum UVA/UVB SPF 50
- 15.7% Zinc Oxide and 3.4% Titanium dioxide
- Water-resistant up to 80 minutes
- Non-aerosol BPA-free spray can for convenient application
- Antioxidant protection with Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, and Bisabolol
Ideal Application for SPF
Here at RFA we have an SPF for everyone, regardless of your skin type! Your SPF should be applied in the morning after your cleanser and moisturizer. This is the last step right before your makeup. Think clear to cloudy when applying and layering your products.
I ALWAYS toss my SPF in my bag for re-application throughout the day. I recommend reapplying every 2-3 hours, especially if you are spending much of your day outdoors. Even if the sun isn’t shining, you still need SPF! Remember 1 ounce to each entire body part!
I love these RFA products because I have found they even hold up during the sweatiest of workouts! I always make sure I lather all 3 of my babies before we leave the house.
You can shop all RFA sunscreens here!