It's National SPF Day, and we're here to celebrate the sunshine and help you understand how to best protect your skin! While a little bit of vitamin D from the sun can be beneficial, too much exposure can lead to sunburns, premature aging, and increase your risk of skin cancer.

It goes without saying that SPF is a non-negotiable, but as the last step in an AM routine, it’s important to focus on what precedes it and how to maximize your skin’s defenses during each step. Let’s explore some of our favorite Karuna Skin products designed to amplify the benefits of your SPF, keep skin inflammation at bay, and promote glowing, youthful, healthy-looking skin all summer long - each powered by the wellness-driven principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine, amplified by modern skincare science.

  1. Start with A Clean Canvas

Whether you’re a fan of chemical sunscreens (which are intended to absorb into the skin and neutralize UV rays) or mineral sunscreens (which act as a shield on the surface), having clean skin that’s free of build-up is essential for an even application and maximum protection. If you’re not cleansing properly, your SPF will become trapped in the excess oil, dead skin cells, and impurities rather than the surface you’re trying to protect!  

Karuna Recommends: Balancing Cleanser - infused with age-defying Red Clover, soothing Niacinamide, and hydrating Snow Mushroom and Sodium Hyaluronate, it gently cleanses while keeping skin’s barrier strong and supported.

  1. Load Up on Antioxidants

Antioxidants play a key role in your skin’s natural ability to minimize visible inflammation and defend itself from UV and free radicals- the main culprits behind signs of premature aging like fine lines/wrinkles, loss of elasticity, and hyperpigmentation. Applying a daily serum packed with antioxidant-rich vitamins and botanicals before your SPF of choice helps neutralize free radicals caused by UV rays, further protecting your skin from sun damage. Plus, well-researched antioxidants like Vitamin C have been proven to support healthy collagen production, keeping your skin plump, vibrant, and youthful.

Karuna Recommends: Multi-Vitamin Serum & Multi-Vitamin Cream Coated Mask - loaded with a potent 6-Vitamin Complex including Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and Vitamin B3 (aka Niacinamide) to soothe, hydrate, and boost skin’s defenses against inflammation and damage.

  1. Soothe and Hydrate

Sun exposure can leave your skin feeling parched and irritated, making it more susceptible to damage. Incorporating a daily moisturizer rich in antioxidants, hydrators and moisturizing agents that support a strong skin barrier is crucial. When your skin is in balance, nourished and calm, your SPF can work smarter (not harder) to keep your complexion protected from damaging UV rays. 

Karuna Recommends: All Day Cream - a combination of 3 forms of Hyaluronic Acid boost moisture levels and skin barrier performance while antioxidant-rich Watermelon Fruit & Goji Berry enhance the defense benefits of SPF.

  1. Target Inflammation

Excess sun exposure triggers inflammation, contributing to increased sensitivity, a compromised skin barrier, and premature aging/skin damage. Incorporating products that have well-known anti-inflammatory properties helps calm and repair visibly damaged skin, reducing redness and irritation - setting skin up for success prior to SPF application.

Karuna Recommends: Multi-Tasking Face Oil - packed with soothing agents like Turmeric Root and barrier-supportive Squalane and botanical oils rich it Vitamin E to address visible signs of inflammation and compromised skin

  1. Focus on Skin Recovery

What we apply (and remove!) before bed is equally important to the sun protection we apply the next morning. Properly cleansing the skin, restoring moisture lost throughout the day, and rejuvenating the complexion with age-defying actives and strengthening ingredients helps support the skin’s natural renewal process while we sleep - improving visible signs of aging and damage while boosting resiliency and defenses for the day to come.

Karuna Recommends: Lights Out Cream - a powerful combination of reparative Peptides, strengthening Arginine, and age-defying Magnolia Flower work to repair visible signs of damage overnight and enhance skin’s antioxidant defenses.

Pro-Tip: Don’t forget to remove all that SPF at the end of the day with a nourishing oil-based cleanser like Cleansing Oil!

Consistent use of SPF and a well-rounded skincare routine go hand-in-hand for optimal sun protection. With Karuna, you can rely on us for high-performance skincare products that complement your SPF, fight the signs of aging and inflammation, and keep your skin healthy and happy all year long - So, celebrate the sunshine, but do it safely!

Are any of these products already in your daily rotation? Let us know below or on Instagram @karunaskin - we love hearing from you!


Written by Ryan Nelson

May 28, 2024