With the wellness industry on the rise, self-care has suddenly refocused in the past few years within beauty brands. Skincare and makeup both have their own stakes in wellness, but they’re both supportive of skin protection against damage and signs of aging. Depending on your age, skin type, and routine, you might be asking few questions about your skincare and makeup essentials.

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Wait, what are these free radicals everyone is talking about? Do I need to wear moisturizer with SPF every day? Are there ingredients I should be avoiding? 

Here are the answers to your questions with some advice about how to successfully take care of your skin, no matter your issues or complexion.

When should I start wearing SPF?

Your skin needs protection every day, all day. No matter the season, the sun’s damaging UVA/UVB rays can cause signs of aging in any season. If you’re in your early to late twenties, now is the time to wear SPF. The best way to care for signs of aging is to prevent them from happening.

However, if you’re past that and in your thirties and above, SPF every day might already be part of your routine. SPF 30+ is the sweet number for skin protection. Anything above this number thickens the consistency instead of changing the mechanics of the SPF formula. Look for color correcting (CC) creams that are a face moisturizer with SPF 30 and above.

What are free radicals? 

Free radicals are an uncharged molecule with an unpaired valence electron. In simpler terms, free radicals are caused by oxidative stress in your skin, like sun exposure. Once they are released, they search the body for electrons for a pair. When they don’t find one, this can cause damage to skin tissues and even DNA. Overexposure to sunshine can release a dangerous amount of free radicals. They can cause signs of aging, hyperpigmentation, cancer, and other effects.

Use beauty products that include antioxidants, from your lipstick to your highlighter, to fight against free radicals. This also includes your foundation, like CC cream, which should include SPF and skin-loving properties like vitamins and quality oils. Vitamin C is a fantastic ingredient for treating signs of aging. It evens skin tone, brightens, and provides anti-aging and antioxidant benefits in a single package.

Which ingredients should I avoid?

Thankfully, it’s becoming easier to recognize and avoid products that include ingredients that aren’t great for your skin. Parabens, sulfates, and animal products should be avoided. Parabens and sulfates clog pores, strip the skin, and overall aren’t beneficial to happy and healthy skin.

Even if you aren’t a dietary vegan, your beauty bag should be. Look for healthy ingredients in your skincare and makeup like vitamins and quality oils. High-performance ingredients don’t have to be harmful to your skin. Because every ingredient counts.

About Thrive Causemetics

Thrive Causemetics create 100% cruelty-free, vegan makeup that contains proven ingredients without the use of toxins or sulfates. A beauty brand and philosophy that beauty goes beyond skin deep, for every product purchased one is donated to a woman in need.

To browse their diverse range of makeup, go to Thrivecausemetics.com