With the sun shining brighter and hotter than ever, it is crucial to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Choosing the correct sunscreen is vital to prevent sun damage and skin cancers, including melanoma. With so many options, choosing the right one can be a bit overwhelming. Here are a few key factors to consider when making your choices to best protect your skin.
Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens
Physical sunscreens contain ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They protect the skin by forming a physical barrier that reflects and scatters UV rays to prevent them from penetrating the skin. Physical sunscreens work immediately upon application. They are generally more widely tolerated than chemical sunscreens because of their mineral-based ingredients and cause less irritation or allergic reactions.
Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients like azobenzene, oxtinoxate, and oxybenzone. These ingredients protect the skin by absorbing the UV rays and converting it into heat which is then released from the skin. Chemical sunscreens need to be applied about 30 minutes prior to sun exposure to be effective. Chemical sunscreens' active ingredients have been known to cause more skin irritation and allergies in people with sensitive skin.
Broad Spectrum vs. SPF
Broad spectrum is the first and foremost characteristic that you should look for in a sunscreen. Broad spectrum means that it protects your skin from UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deep in to the skin and are the leading cause of premature aging and UVB rays cause sunburns.
SPF is the Sun Protection Factor and measures the efficacy of the product to block the UVB rays that cause sunburns. It measures the amount of time it takes for the UVB rays to turn the skin red. Higher SPF numbers provide a higher protection, but no product can protect 100%. Look for a sunscreen with at least SPF 30 for daily use and at least SPF 45 for pool-side or beach use.
Splendid Skin carries a full line of sunscreens to help protect your skin from burn and premature aging!
EltaMD UV Clear Broad Spectrum SPF 46 is a physical sunscreen specifically formulated for sensitive, rosacea, and acne-prone skin. It contains niacinamide (a natural anti-inflammatory), hyaluronic acid, and lactic acid. It is very lightweight and silky and may be worn under make-up or alone. There is a reason why this sunscreen has developed a cult following!
Epionce Daily Shield Tinted SPF 50 is a waterproof physical, mousse-like sunscreen that is lightweight enough to wear under make-up or alone--even sensitive skin.
EltaMD UV Elements Broad Spectrum SPF 44 is a physical, tinted sunscreen in a moisturizing hyaluronic base. This sunscreen is ultra-hydrating for mature skin and gentle enough for the most sensitive skin!
SkinBetter Tone Smart SPF 68 Compact is a tone adapting, silky smooth physical sunscreen in a convenient compact that behaves like a primer under make-up and is waterproof for up to 80 minutes. It also travels well in a handbag without risk of breakage or spilling!
Reve EleganceShade Broad Spectrum Tinted SPF 35+ was originally designed as a post-chemical peel recovery sunscreen, so it contains powerful skin soothing properties and the ability to camouflage skin injuries, wounds, and rashes. It is also great for rosacea and acne-prone skin. Imagine what it can do for normal skin!
In conclusion, selecting the right sunscreen for your skin is essential for maintaining healthy and protected skin. Remember to consider broad spectrum components, SPF, skin benefits, and ease of application. Above all, please fell free to ask any of our knowledgable staff members which option may be best for you, and have a safe and happy Summer!
Blog By: Amy Bannerman