We all know that antioxidants are good for the skin by helping to prevent free radical damage, so using skincare, and sun care, products containing Vitamins C and E, green tea, resveratrol, coffee berry, soy, and the like just makes sense. In fact, studies show that antioxidants in combination with broad-spectrum sunscreen protect against cell damage better than antioxidants or sunscreen alone. One group of antioxidants we are particularly fond of is colorless carotenoids. These are two types of algae sourced from the Red Sea. What makes them special is that unlike most antioxidants, colorless carotenoids do not “die” after absorbing UV light; in fact, they have an endless capacity to absorb. This makes them perfect for use in facial sunscreens.
Find colorless carotenoids (called dunaliella salina extract on the ingredient list) in Rodan + Fields® ANTI-AGE Triple Defense Treatment SPF 30, REVERSE Environmental Shield SPF 55, and ESSENTIALS Lip Shield SPF 25.
Like people, all sunscreen ingredients have their strengths and weaknesses. Some are better at blocking UVA rays, others at UVB rays; some offer more appealing aesthetics than others; some degrade faster than others. That’s why the vast majority of sunscreens out there contain more than one (and usually three or four) sunscreen ingredients. But what titanium dioxide does that no other sunscreen does, and can do it alone, is offer the ability to provide sun protection in powder form, making it great for sun protection “on the go.” So do what we do—apply a facial sunscreen every morning and use a titanium dioxide powder (with a minimum SPF 15) throughout the day for sunscreen touch-ups that won’t mess up makeup.
Find titanium dioxide in Rodan + Fields ENHANCEMENTS Mineral Peptides SPF 20, and available in Light, Medium and Bronze shades.