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In case you missed the memo, wearing SPF daily is something I strongly believe in and swear by. To me this is the most important step in your morning skincare routine and the #1 anti-aging tip I could ever share with you. Whether you see the sun or not, it’s there, the rays are there, and on top of that, we also have to be aware of the effects that blue light (even from computers, smart phones and TV) has on our skin. These environmental stressors like UVA and UVB Rays, pollution, blue light, etc, cause oxidative damage to the skin. We obviously want to limit that as much as we can, so SPF should be your BFF and if you aren’t already wearing it daily, you should be. Something important to note is there are 2 types of SPF out there – chemical and physical.

Chemical sunscreen is made with chemical compounds that absorb UV rays instead of deflecting them. The most common chemical compounds used are oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. These chemicals change UV rays into heat, which is released from the skin and scattered. These SPFs are generally thinner in texture, clear and take 20 minutes to start working. 

Physical sunscreen is also known as sun block. Generally based with zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. This type of SPF works by sitting on top of the skin to deflect the damaging UV rays away from the skin. This is the type I use and suggest using because it is more natural and less abrasive on the skin. Often these will leave a white cast.

I always get asked for an affordable alternative for SPF to the higher end brands that I normally get at Sephora. I was approached by Olay to try out their new Mineral SPF. Immediately after seeing Niacinamide on the ingredients list, I was sold! Niacinamide (also known as Vitamin B3) helps skin retain moisture and has been shown to strengthen skin’s natural moisture barrier . The Olay Regenerist Mineral SPF offers all the amazing benefits and protection without the hefty price tag. 

I’ve been using the Olay Regenerist Mineral SPF 30 daily for the past few weeks and have loved the results. My skin is never left feeling sticky or clogged. I’m easily able to apply my makeup afterwards without worrying that it will clump up. I will definitely be keeping SPF in my daily skincare routine. 


Olay Regenerist Mineral SPF ($39.98 CAD) SPF 15 and 30

Olay created a breakthrough Mineral Sunscreen with SPF 30 provides sheer sun protection against broad spectrum UVA/UVB rays with zinc oxide, AND gives your skin long-lasting hydration. This is the first ever SPF from Olay formulated with 100% mineral sunscreen actives. 

Crafted with Vitamin B3, Glycerin, and Peptides, this formula absorbs quickly and leaves no greasy residue. Made without fragrance, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, or synthetic dyes.

Important thing to highlight is that it’s made with Vitamin B3+ Peptides, this formula absorbs quickly and leaves no greasy residue. Use every day, all year round, even on cloudy days. Apply after cleansing and serums, but before makeup. 

Some benefits include giving your skin long-lasting hydration, sheer protection against broad spectrum UVA and UVB rays with zinc oxide. 

Made without:

  • Fragrance
  • Phthalates
  • Mineral Oil
  • Synthetic Dyes


Article in paid partnership with Olay
Katherine Garbarino, AKA KGMTL, has been building her online presence for the past 3 years. An open book about almost everything, KG’s voice has become a household sound, with an incredible and dedicated fanbase; obsessed with her knowledge of health, wellness, fashion and fitness.

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