There are thousands of beauty products available to consumers at any given moment, but there is only one category of products that all dermatologists say you should use every single day: sunscreen.
The reason? Exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause serious damage to your unprotected skin. “Our skin is exposed to both ultraviolet light and visible light daily, even if you are indoors or in a car,” says Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and SkinCeuticals partner dermatologist Stephanie Smith-Phillips, MD. “The longer wavelengths of UV and visible light penetrate through windows to damage the deeper layers of the skin, leading to skin cancer, discoloration and signs of skin aging.”
In order to prevent this type of damage, it’s vital to invest in a quality sunscreen. If you’re looking for one but don’t know where to start, Dr. Smith-Philips recommends trying the SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense SPF 30. “This is a lightweight, residue-free formula that combines broad spectrum UV protection with a potent blend of discoloration- improving and hydrating ingredients for brighter, more even skin,” she says. “Thus, daily use of this specific sunscreen can help with sun-related skin aging.”
This formula contains 1-percent tranexamic acid, which is a powerful ingredient recognized for its ability to brighten the skin and improve the appearance of stubborn dark spots. Niacinamide, also known as vitamin B3, is also included in this formula for added skin benefits, too. “Topical application of niacinamide has been clinically shown to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and reduce the appearance of discoloration, blotchiness, and redness.”
Not only is this sunscreen effective at protecting the skin, but it also looks aesthetically pleasing on any complexion. “I particularly like that the mica [within the formula] gives this sunscreen a lovely shimmer, while the glycerin and sodium hyaluronate hydrate the skin,” says Dr. Smith-Philips. “Truly, it’s a great, multipurpose daily skin-care product.”
For optimal protection, it’s best to apply this sunscreen daily to all exposed skin, particularly the face, neck, and hands. You also can apply the SkinCeuticals Daily Brightening UV Defense SPF 30 after antioxidants—like vitamin E or vitamin C—other serums, and before makeup application.
The bottom line: If there’s one beauty product you should splurge on, it’s sunscreen. Not only will sunscreen prevent future damage, but this specific option can also help improve your current complexion. Talk about a win-win.