July 01, 2019
We’re back with our third episode of ‘Under the Cap’! Click here for part 1 on Dove Soap and part 2 on Nivea Face Wash.
After a nice warm summer weekend in London, a sunscreen review is certainly in order. And while everyone knows you should wear sunscreen (see below), the complexity of choosing a good one is not lost on us. Physical vs. chemical, SPF number, white cast or not, it’s a confusing world out there.
Applying sunscreen prevents many bad things from happening (e.g. skin cancer, sun damage, sun burn), and is therefore one of the most critical steps in any skincare routine. You might be aware that 80-90% of skin aging comes from sun light, and UVA rays contribute significantly to signs of ageing and skin cancer. A quick refresher from school days: the sun transmits 3 types of ultraviolet radiation - UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. UVC rays are stopped by the ozone layer and don't penetrate the earth’s atmosphere, but UVA and UVB can affect our skin in dangerous ways if we are not careful.
Even if you have a darker skin tone and don’t show traditional signs of ‘sunburn,’ your skin might be hiding signs of skin cancer. You can read more about that here.
➔ How should I choose one that’s right for me?
Whether you choose a chemical or a physical sunscreen, we recommend finding one that you feel comfortable applying every single day. This means if the white cast in a physical sunscreen means you’ll feel hesitant to use it on a normal working day, find a chemical one that works for you.
There are many different chemical ingredient options, each with a varying degree of ‘toxicity.’ You can refer to the EWG’s Sunscreen guide for more information: click here.
For this week’s Under the Cap, we chose to feature Australian brand Aesop’s new sunscreen. Aesop is famous for its stunning design, packaging, and unique in-store experience. While it has never claimed to be ‘natural,’ or ‘organic,’ many associate the company with these virtues. Below, we take a dive into the ingredients in its Protective Facial Lotion SPF 25.
Just as you do when buying food, check the ingredients in your skincare products and make sure you’re aware of what you’re putting on your face. Take a look below!
Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer
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