The new way to protect our faces from the sun

For those of us who dislike the idea of using thick and greasy sunscreens on delicate facial skin, there’s now an answer to our sun-safe prayers.

A new generation of sunscreens has been designed specifically for the face – and they are specially formulated to help nourish and protect the skin.

The benefits of facial sunscreens (and what to look for)

The skin on our face is often more exposed than the rest of our body, meaning it needs extra special care.

That includes high protection against the sun’s damaging UV radiation. Make sure when the UV level is expected to reach three or above, you use sunscreen every day as a part of your morning routine.

Look for a sunscreen that is SPF 30 or higher, broad-spectrum and water resistant.

Facial sunscreens also often have added benefits, including natural moisturising ingredients like aloe vera and vitamin E, to help hydrate your skin and prevent premature ageing. It’s best to find out what suits both your skin needs and your lifestyle.

There’s every possibility you’ll be applying sunscreen under makeup. A facial sunscreen that is light and glides on easily under your foundation can make your morning routine a breeze.

Some products are also tinted, making them perfect to wear on their own. Using a matte formula will help you avoid a shiny appearance.

For those with sensitive skin, look for a product that is dermatologically tested, and free of fragrances and parabens. Make sure to test it on a small area of skin first.

Tips for using facial sunscreen

While your new sunscreen can be used in place of your daily facial moisturiser each morning to help protect against occasional UV exposure, if you are going to be outside, it’s important to reapply every two hours to make sure you’re getting the right protection.

There can’t be too many Aussies who haven’t heard the all-important Slip, Slop, Slap, Seek, Slide message by now – despite this, many of us still slip-up when it comes to correct sunscreen use.

Recent research, published in the Australasian Journal of Dermatology, shows an astonishing 85 per cent of us don’t apply enough sunscreen. You need at least a teaspoon to properly protect your face and head.

All types of sunburn, whether serious or mild, can cause irreversible skin damage, laying the groundwork for skin cancer later in life.

Remember too, that sunscreen isn’t a suit of armour – it should be used alongside protective clothing, a broad brim hat, shade and sunglasses if you’re outside.

This post is brought to you by Cancer Council Face Day Wear SPF50+.

Always read the label. Use only as directed.