Confused by the types of sunscreens available?
With so many types of sunscreens on the market, it's no wonder we get overwhelmed at the drug store when we go to stock up for summer.
The types of sunscreen you choose is really a matter of personal choice.
You need to decide:
- • What feels best on your skin.
• Which is easiest to apply and re-apply.
• What activities are you participating in? (e.g. Running, biking, hiking, swimming, surfing, skiing or sun bathing).
• Are you using it on your face or body?
Sunscreens are available in many forms including:
- Gel sunscreen
- Cream sunscreen
- Sunscreen lotions
- Sunscreen wipe
- Spray sunscreen
- Colored sunscreen
- Powder sunscreen
Over the last few years the advancements in many new types of sunscreen have eliminated many of these problems.
- Paba free sunscreen - most sunscreens are now PABA-free
- oil-free sunscreen -
- hypoallergenic, fragrance free sunscreen, chemical free sunscreen
- mineral based sunscreen - the minerals titanium dioxide and zinc oxide sit on the skin instead of being absorbed into it
- Light, oil free lotions will not clog pores
- With chemical sunscreens avobenzone and oxybenzone
- Non-comedogenic (meaning it won't clog pores) and is fragrance-free
- Mineral oil-free sunscreen
- Non-comedogenic sunscreen
- Sunscreens that are oil free are usually water or gel based
- Don't use the same sunscreen meant for your body on your face
- If you are using a topical acne treatment? Apply it first, wait 20 minutes or so and then apply your sun protection over the top
- Remember to wash your face before going to bed to prevent pores from clogging
- Water-resistant or waterproof sun protection
- The highest SPF you can find ( No sunscreen is 100 % water and sweat proof )
- Keep away from your eyes
- Re-apply after you get out of the water or every 2 hours
- Try creams or lotions with extra hydrating ingredients like glycerin and aloe.
- Avoid sprays and gels with alcohol
- Products contain herbs, minerals, and plants only
Which type of sunblock is better: Chemical vs.Physical?
The key to finding the best types of sunscreens for you is to shop around. If you don’t like one product, try another, and another until you find the ones you like.