The Best K-Beauty SPF Sunscreens

Sunscreen is a crucial ally in the battle against premature aging and skin damage. As we strive to maintain healthy and youthful skin, understanding the importance of sunscreen is paramount. We'll look at the need for sunscreen, the significance of SPF and PA ratings, the differences between chemical and physical sunscreens, and the benefits of incorporating sunscreen into your daily skincare routine. Along the way we'll recommend our favourite and most effective K-beauty sunscreens. 

Why Sunscreen is Essential

UV radiation from the sun poses significant risks to our skin's health. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin, causing premature aging, wrinkles, and age spots, while UVB rays primarily affect the skin's surface, leading to sunburn and contributing to skin cancer. Sunscreen acts as a shield, protecting our skin from these harmful effects and preserving its youthful appearance.

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Understanding Sunscreen Ratings

Sunscreen ratings are denoted by two key factors: SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and PA (Protection Grade of UVA). SPF indicates the level of protection against UVB rays, while PA rating indicates protection against UVA rays. Opting for a sunscreen with a high SPF and PA rating is crucial for comprehensive protection against both types of UV radiation.

As a good rule of thumb an SPF rating of 30 and above is high-protection, while a PA+++ rating or higher is recommended.

Chemical vs. Physical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV radiation and converting it into heat, while physical sunscreens create a physical barrier by reflecting and scattering UV rays.

Chemical sunscreens tend to be lightweight and blend seamlessly into the skin, while physical sunscreens are often gentler and less likely to cause irritation, making them suitable for sensitive skin.

The Purito Daily Go-to Suncreen boast a super-high SPF50 and PA++++ rating for excellent protections. The formula is hybrid - part physical, part chemical - making this a great choice for any skin type. 

For affordable, high-protection physical sunscreen try the Etude Mild Airy Finish SPF50 PA+++ or for a chemical sunscreen go for the Etude Mild Watery Light SPF50 PA+++.

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Common Skincare Ingredients in Sunscreens

Many sunscreens are enriched with skincare ingredients to provide additional benefits. Ingredients like hyaluronic acid offer hydration, niacinamide helps brighten the skin, and antioxidants like vitamin C and green tea extract protect against free radical damage, enhancing the overall health and appearance of your skin.

Top Specialist Picks

Best for Calming: COSRX Aloe Soothing Sunscreen - Packed with Aloe leaf extract to provide cooling, moisturising nourishment all day. 

Best for Moisturising: Isntree Hyaluronic Acid Airy Stick - A lightweight and portable sunscreen infused with hydrating Hyaluronic Acid to keep skin fresh and full.

Best for the City: Innisfree Intensive Anti Pollution Sunscreen - Contains anti-oxidants and botanicals to protect against damage from atmospheric pollution. 

Best for the Beach: Innisfree Intensive Long Lasting Sunscreen - This powerful mineral sunscreen is water resistant making it perfect for the beach and watersports. 

Best for Invisible Application: Missha All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun - The lightweight non-greasy formula is easy to apply and absorbs quickly without leaving streaks.

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Application Stations

Apply sunscreen as the last step in your skincare routine, after moisturizer and before makeup. Be sure to apply it generously to all exposed areas of skin, and reapply every two hours, especially if swimming or sweating. Remember, UV radiation can penetrate clouds and windows, so sunscreen should be worn year-round, regardless of weather conditions.

Experience the Refresh Skincare Difference

At Refresh Skincare, we understand the importance of quality sunscreen in your skincare regimen. Our curated selection of Korean skincare sunscreens offers superior protection and nourishment for your skin. With lightweight formulations, high SPF and PA ratings, and a range of options to suit all skin types, our sunscreens ensure your skin stays healthy and radiant, every day.

We offer free UK tracked delivery in 2 to 3 working days for orders over £25, plus save 10% on your first order when you join our email list. Our satisfaction guarantee means you have 30 days to return your purchase for any reason. 


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