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The Importance of Sun Protection : A guide of choosing your holy grail sunscreen

The United Kingdom may not be known for its sunny weather, but even on cloudy days, it is essential to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. In fact, skin cancer is the fifth most common cancer in the UK, with over 16,000 new cases diagnosed each year, according to Cancer Research UK. Additionally, a survey conducted by the British Association of Dermatologists found that 72% of Brits admitted to getting sunburnt in 2019, indicating a lack of sun protection awareness.

Using sunscreen is one of the most effective ways to protect your skin from UV radiation. Sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, skin damage, and skin cancer. It also helps prevent premature aging, such as wrinkles and fine lines, caused by sun damage.


3 Types of Sunscreen: Physical, Chemical and Hybrid

Physical sunscreens work by reflecting UV rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays and convert them into heat. Physical sunscreens are generally better for sensitive skin, as they are less likely to cause irritation. However, they can be thicker and leave a white cast on the skin. Chemical sunscreens are typically easier to apply and are more water-resistant. However, they may cause skin irritation or allergic reactions in some people.

Hybrid sunscreen contains both mineral (physical) and organic (chemical) UV filters, providing a balanced approach by combining the strengths of physical and chemical filters.  It usually results in a lightweight, non-greasy texture with less white cast effect. Suitable for sensitive skin person who is allergic to chemical filters. Nowadays, many Japanese waterproof sunscreens are using Hybrid formula too.


Waterproof Sunscreen & Non-waterproof

When choosing a sunscreen, it is important to consider factors such as SPF level, water resistance, and application method. SPF (Sun Protection Factor) measures how well a sunscreen protects against UVB rays, which are the most harmful type of UV radiation. The higher the SPF, the more protection the sunscreen provides. However, it is important to note that SPF only measures protection against UVB rays, not UVA rays, which can also cause skin damage. Look for a sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection, which means it protects against both UVA and UVB rays.

Waterproof is also an important factor to consider. Especially if you plan to swim or outdoor activities for hours, waterproof sunscreen will be the best one to use on that day. Usually it can provide protection for up to 80 minutes in the water. So, when staying indoor most of the time, waterproof sunscreen will not be necessary for you.

FREYA offers a range of high-quality sunscreen products that cater to different skin types and activities. The KAO Biore UV Aqua Rich Watery Essence Sunscreen is a lightweight, water-based formula that is perfect for everyday use. It is also sweat and water-resistant, making it ideal for outdoor activities.

The BEAUTY OF JOSEON Relief Sun : Rice + Probiotics is a probiotic and rice-based sunscreen that is gentle on sensitive skin. It is also formulated with antioxidants to protect against environmental stressors.


Using sunscreen is crucial for maintaining healthy skin and reducing the risk of skin cancer, especially for those living in the UK. When choosing a sunscreen, consider factors such as SPF level, water resistance, and application method. FREYA's sunscreen products offer a range of options to cater to different skin types and activities. So, make sure to incorporate sunscreen into your daily skincare routine and protect your skin from harmful UV rays.


More products recommendations:

~ Waterproof:

KOSE SUNCUT Prodefense Toughness UV Sunscreen Milk SPF50+ PA++++


~ Chemical Sunscreen for daily use (non waterproof): 

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Hyalu-Cica Water-Fit Sun Serum SPF50+ PA++++


~ Physical Sunscreen for daily use (non waterproof): 

SKIN1004 Madagascar Centella Air-Fit Sunscreen Light SPF30 PA++++


~ Hybrid Sunscreen for daily use (non-waterproof):

ABIB Heartleaf Sun Essence Calming Drop SPF50+ PA++++

You can also check out our sunscreen collection HERE. We will source more high quality sunscreens 😉 Please stay tuned. 

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