Skin Matters

What Your Whitening & Anti-Aging Day Creams Need To Have

Clue: It has to do with sun protection

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When buying your day cream, there are many factors that you have to consider in finding one that suits you best: your skin type, the issues you want to address, as well as the consistency and feel of the product on your face. (So important!) But a lot of women tend to forget to look for another key “product trait” that can make your day cream all the more effective in the long run, especially if you’re after whitening or anti-aging effects: sun protection. More specifically, broad-spectrum sun protection.

What Does “Broad-Spectrum” Mean, Anyway?
When a product can shield against both UVB and UVA rays, they can legitimately claim to provide broad-spectrum sun protection, and can put that on their label. And that’s what you have to look for - especially if you’re using a whitening or anti-aging day cream. The SPF system only rates how effective the cream (or sunscreen) is at protecting against UVB rays, a.k.a. the rays that cause burning. You want something that can also protect you from UVA rays, because these penetrate the skin more deeply and can cause wrinkling, sagging, and leathering. 





 

Why Your Day Creams Need It

Whitening products usually control the production of the skin-protecting pigment melanin, which can actually make your skin darker faster if you don’t shield it from both UVA and UVB rays. When it comes to anti-aging, skin-regenerating ingredients such as retinol can also make your skin sensitive to the sun’s harsh rays.

Fortunately, you don’t have to worry because it’s actually easy to counter these effects and ensure that your skin gets the best benefits from your day cream. All you have to do is read the label to make sure that your daily moisturizer contains broad-spectrum protection with at least SPF 15. And of course, you also have to avoid the sun from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (this is when the rays are strongest). Need to be out during those hours? Then make the most of the summer season by accessorizing with a chic hat or umbrella.

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