Why Is Sunscreen Important?
Sunscreen is one of the most important parts of skincare. Unprotected exposure to the sun’s rays is one of the leading causes of the early visible signs of skin ageing and hyperpigmentation. More importantly, it can cause dangerous conditions like skin cancers. While the sun provides essential Vitamin D and many crucial benefits, it can also be extremely damaging – like most things in life, we need balance.
That’s why using sun protection on our face is especially important: to protect our skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure. Most people don’t know that you also should be using sunscreen indoors and in the winter. Did you know that even exposure indoors such as near windows can lead to damage? During the winter in areas with snow, the snow actually reflects even more UV light- which is bad news for those in very snowy climates like myself. I shudder to think that I didn’t think sunscreen was important for so long.
But I have Acne…Won’t Sunscreen Make My Skin Worse?
Sunscreen is especially important if you’re dealing with conditions like acne. If you’re using products with active ingredients like acids (benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, retinol, niacinamide, etc.) sunscreen is essential. These ingredients make your skin more sensitive to the sun and actually increase risks of hyperpigmentation, irritation and scarring if not using sun protection. The key is finding the right product for your skin!
Searching For My Soul Sunscreen
Since my hormones were thrown majorly out of whack with the medications I had to be on (you can read about my MS story here) I’ve struggled with acne. In an attempt to clear my breakouts, I overdid it with actives and acids like benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid and niacinamide. I ended up worsening my breakouts and irritation. Now, I’m trying to clear my breakouts and the post-acne discolouration and scarring that comes with it.
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That’s where sunscreen becomes even more crucial in helping to heal and protect my skin – my attempts to fight the breakouts and scarring are rendered useless if I’m not protecting it from damage when it’s most vulnerable. So my search for my soul SPF (a sunscreen I can wear comfortably every day, doesn’t break me out or cause irritation) begins!
After scouring the internet for the best-rated SPF that I could access here in Canada, one of the first ones on my was the Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47
- Price: $45 CAD, about $34 USD
- Size: 60 ML (2 oz)
what it claims: to be an “all-natural, chemical-free, lightweight sunscreen” that is non-greasy, fast-absorbing, and infused with natural ingredients like argan oil and green tea to protect, moisturize and add radiance -according to *Sephora.
The Josie Maran Argan Daily Moisturizer SPF 47* uses titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are common ingredients for physical sunscreens. Some other standout ingredients are water, aloe leaf juice, glycerin, beeswax, jojoba oil, green tea, and their “SunBoost ATB” – a blend of natural antioxidants to moisturize and soothe, It also contains natural fragrance, which many (including myself) are sensitive to. There are quite a few effective moisturizing ingredients which I am a fan of.
The texture was thicker than I expected, more like a moisturizer (which makes sense, considering the name) than many sunscreens I’ve tried. Due to its thick texture, I found I needed more product to evenly apply across the skin. It has a pleasant fresh scent and left my skin feeling soft and hydrated.
I have sensitive, combination skin prone to dehydration & acne. I really liked how soft and moisturized my skin felt after applying this, however throughout the day my skin started to feel itchy and a little irritated. It’s hard to know if the sunscreen was aggravating my skin, as my skin was already sensitized and irritated. All I know is that it definitely didn’t help my skin, and made it feel a bit worse.
Does It Leave A White cast?
A white cast (when a product leaves a pale, white or ghostly appearance to the skin) is one of the main unfortunate drawbacks of many sunscreens. It can be hard to find a sunscreen that doesn’t make you look like you’ve used a foundation that’s 5 shades too light. this can be especially hard for people of colour or those with deeper skin tones.
I’m quite pale, so I’m not the best person to comment on this. The Josie Maran SPF leaves a very subtle hint of brightening and luminosity. Not quite a white cast, more of a brightened glow, but I’m not sure how this would work for those with deeper complexions. My recommendation would be to read the reviews on Sephora, filtering them to see what those with darker skin have experienced with it.
After a few days, I felt that it was aggravating my breakouts. I stopped using it for about a week, and my breakouts and irritation began to calm down. I resumed using it for a couple of days to determine if the sunscreen was the culprit, and sure enough, the same thing happened. It wasn’t a major reaction or breakout, but was enough that my skin didn’t feel great.
I really wanted to love this, but unfortunately it just didn’t work for my skin. I think it’s a good product and worth trying for drier or mature skin, but if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin It might not be a good match for you. I gave it to my mom, who has been really enjoying it.
Raincoates Beauty Rating: 5/10
Have you tried this SPF? What are your thoughts on it?
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