Welcome to summer! With summer fun comes an increased need for skin care, not just from being outdoors but also from a variety of skin faces: blasts of arctic AC, salt and sand from the beach, and most urgently, the intense rays of the sun. Even if you're not planning to spend a day at the beach, something as seemingly harmless as a walk from the parking lot to your car under intense summer rays can wreck havoc on your face. But don't fear--quality sunscreen that is both lightweight and protective can work as an effective shield to the harmful sun's rays, and be applied with foundation or make-up with no issues. Read on for some of my tried-and-true Korean sunscreen products.
When you’re at the beach—or just stepping out for coffee on your lunch break—the sun’s invisible rays are constantly beating down, even through a cloudy day. Ultraviolet (UV) radiation is what gives us a tan and also damages our DNA, which can lead to skin cancer in worse cases. (For more about the science of UV rays and sunscreen, as well as an explanation on SPF meanings, see my post "How Sunscreen Works.")
As I mention in this post, sunscreens are one of our first—and best—defenses against the sun. For a primer on the science of why and how, see my article "The Best Way to Protect Your Skin From Aging, According to Science." To summarize:
Sunscreens in the range of SPF 15-50 can prevent this. However, most people skip the sunscreen because they're often greasy, have a white sheen and clog pores. That's where the beauty of Korean cosmetics come in! You can find great, quality sunscreens at very affordable prices, which make it easy to make sunscreen a daily habit and incorporate it into your morning routine.
A note about Korean sunscreens
Korean sunscreens often have a more pleasant consistency, texture and smell than cheap sunscreens from the grocery store. What's more, they are effective and long-lasting.
It's also important to know while shopping for your next favorite sunscreen: Aside from the SPF number, many Korean sunscreens use a rating system based on the persistent pigmentation darkening test, where plusses after the letters PA indicate the sunscreen's protection against the sun (specifically, UVA rays). You'll want a sunscreen that is at least 3, ideally 4, plusses after PA for maximum protection.
And now, my top Korean sunscreens for the face and skin that won't leave your face greasy and will protect you from the sun.
Top Korean Sunscreens For Your Face
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No matter which SPF you choose, a daily sunscreen is incredibly important for your face, even if you aren’t at the beach. Remember, sunscreen is the single most important thing you can do to help your skin age healthfully and gracefully!
After a day of fun in the beach or sun, make sure to wash with a cream or foam cleanser (ideally both) and toner/moisture as part of a full or modified 7-step skincare routine.
I use my background in molecular biology and science to dive into what makes Korean skincare and cosmetic products so effective. Then, I share my findings with you all!