Recently I was asked, what skincare advice would I give to my younger self? Immediately I answered, wear SPF. Wear it everyday and reapply often. I grew up with a solid foundation for skincare. Since I can remember, I cleansed, toned, and moisturized morning and night. In high school I incorporated a tinted SPF 15 and eye cream into my daily skincare routine.  When CVS approached me about the Long Live Skin campaign to share my skincare #advicetomyyoungerself campaign for Instagram, I was thrilled to have an opportunity to share the importance of sunscreen with you guys. Shop affordable sunscreens at CVS here.

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Learn your options and wear a SPF 30 + everyday!

It wasn’t till recently that I learned about the differences between chemical vs. physical SPF. Even more recently, I learned the difference of UVA and UVB. I was told by my dermatologist to wear a SPF 30 or higher every day in my mid 20’s. Before this, I was using SPF 15. Not nearly enough protection for my lifestyle. I also NEVER reapplied, which was a huge mistake.

This week, there will be a full video on how to shop for sunscreen on my channel. I’ll break down all the science and give you a clear understanding on what to look for the next time you are shopping for sunscreen.


Check out this short video I created in partnership with CVS. It gives you an idea of why I wear SPF 15 or higher every day and reapply often. All my skin concerns now could have been prevented with proper use of sunscreen. Protection from the sun is the number one way to avoid premature aging. Plus, it’s so easy and affordable! Prevention now saves us from pain and expense later.

I love how CVS has taken the initiative to remove all SPF under 30 from their shelves and spread the message about sunscreen. If you watch on my Instagram account, we are running a giveaway this week. I’d love for you to enter to win a $50 gift card to CVS.  Winner will be selected on Friday (5/19/17).

What are some of your SPF questions?

Here’s a video I did about a year ago about the basics of SPF. Remember to visit my channel on Wednesday for an updated SPF video.

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    • Serein Wu
      May 23, 2017 / 10:26 am

      aw so happy you enjoyed the post! I love skincare as well.

  1. Jo Vee
    May 17, 2017 / 7:30 am

    So so so true. I only started wearing SPF last year. I can’t go back in time but I do wish I had known better. Better late than never though !! xo

    • Serein Wu
      May 23, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Yes, there is still time to prevent the damage!

    • Serein Wu
      May 23, 2017 / 10:28 am

      Right?! SOOOO important!

  2. Jean F.
    May 17, 2017 / 6:30 am

    Very informative! I’m good about wearing sunscreen in the morning, but guilty of not reapplying. I’m indoors for most of my work week, so I’m curious would you still recommend reapplying sunscreen if I’m indoors? I’ve heard you can still catch UV rays from overhead lights, etc but I’m not sure. Also have you tried the new setting spray with spf from Supergoop? I’m looking for a good facial spray with spf that’s good for on the go or touch ups. Thanks so much Serein!!

    • Serein Wu
      May 23, 2017 / 10:29 am

      I totally can relate! I rarely reapply when working, but the powder spfs really have helped me. Based on doctors and what they say, yes, we should be reapplying throughout the day. What I do is apply my cream spf after my skincare routine and then before headed out in the afternoon for errands or lunch, brush a bit of the mineral powder spf. This way at least I reapply and touch up before headed outdoors.

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