You might think it's okay to skip sunscreen on a rainy, humid day—not quite. After you've cleansed, toned, and moisturized, applying sun protection is still a crucial step. Now you may say, "The sun isn't even out," but here's the thing: UV rays exist even on rainy days.


The clouds may block the sun often during monsoon season, but up to 40% of ultraviolet radiation still reaches the earth, so it's best to always keep yourself protected with some SPF.

Wearing a broad spectrum sunscreen is a good place to start. Pick something with SPF 15 or higher, and apply an even layer on your skin around 30 minutes before stepping out of the house. According to, products with SPF 15 filter out 93% of UVB rays; SPF 30 can block up to 97%; and SPF 50 can shield you from about 98%.

Protecting your skin from the sun can reap amazing skin benefits. It prevents wrinkles, breakouts, and dark acne scars; it even helps you dodge skin cancer. Not bad for one skincare step!

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