Choosing the right Obagi Sunscreen

As you may be aware, there are a number of different Obagi SPF products, all designed to protect your skin but with slight differences depending on your skin tone and what you prefer. These options are as follows along with the key differences to help you choose the right one for your skin:

SunscreenFeaturesSuitable forImage
Obagi Sun Shield Matte SPF 50Lightweight, oil-free, mattifyingOily or combination skin
Obagi Sun Shield Mineral Broad Spectrum SPF 50Mineral-based, non-comedogenic, water-resistant, sweat-resistantSensitive skin
Obagi Sun Shield Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50 CoolTinted, sheer coverage, disguises redness and blemishesFair skin
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Obagi Sun Shield Tint Broad Spectrum SPF 50 WarmTinted, sheer coverage, disguises redness and blemishesMedium to tan skin
Obagi Tinted Sun Shield SPF 50 Warm - 85g-image_0004_Layer 6
Obagi Hydrafactor® Broad Spectrum SPF 30Hydrating, hyaluronic acid, broad-spectrum protectionAll skin types
Obagi 360 HydraFactor SPF30 75g_0004_Layer 7

Key benefits of using sunscreen

  • Reduces the risk of skin cancer: Skin cancer can be caused by the harmful UV rays given from the sun. These ultraviolet rays can damage the DNA in the skin cells leading to an increased risk of skin cancer. By using an effective spf sunscreen these risks are reduced as it will protect your skin from UV rays.
  • Stops sunburn: If you have ever had sunburn you will know that it is painful and unpleasant. Sunburn is a direct result of being exposed to the suns uv rays. If you use spf on your skin it will help reduce the chance of getting burnt by the sun as it creates a barrier between your skin and the uv rays.
  • Minimises skin aging: Ultraviolet rays can make the skin less supple and elastic. Over time if you expose your skin to the sun without the use of sunscreen your collagen and elastin will suffer damage and as a result, your skin will look older and more wrinkled. Yet another great reason to use an effective sunscreen.
  • Reduce the signs of skin damage: The uv rays emitted by the sun can also cause other types of skin damage such as sagging skin and hyperpigmentation. Using sunscreen can help to protect your skin from these types of damage as well.

Please be fully aware however that sunscreen is not a 100% preventative measure. Unfortunately, it is just a step in your skincare routine that will help reduce the risks posed by the sun but you should be aware of the specific application guidelines given on each product. This will ensure you are using the spf as intended for maximum protection against skin aging.


Tips for applying sunscreen correctly:

Below we have listed some of the best tips for applying sunscreen properly:

  • Apply liberally to the skin at least 30 minutes before going into direct sunlight.
  • Always reapply sunscreen every two hours. If sweating, you will need to apply more frequently to keep up the protective barrier against UV rays.
  • Sunscreens with an SPF of 30 or higher will provide better protection.
  • Choose sunscreen that is named “broad spectrum”. This means that it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.
  • Choose Oil-free and non-comedogenic if you have oily or acne-prone skin.
  • Always make sure you test sunscreen on a small area of your skin before applying it to your entire body.

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