Choosing the right sunscreen can be very challenging and time consuming. The products are all packaged and priced differently. But don't let the packaging fool you, just turn the bottle or tube over and start looking for some key words.
First understand that sunblocks care either considered: CHEMICAL and PHYSICAL.
The key words you should look for are
- Broad Spectrum
- UVA and UVB Protection
- Non- Comedogenic (won't clog pores)
These feel more elegant and glide into the skin nicely. They work by absorbing the UV rays, converting the rays into heat and then releasing them from the body.
Actives to look for
avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone.
Pros of Chemical Sunblocks
- More spreadable and feel lighter
- Water and Sweat resistant
- Ideal for swimming
- Absorb easily into the skin
Cons of Chemical Sunblocks
- Take 20 minutes to start working
- The chemicals can cause more irritation, especially if it drips into your eyes
- High SPF (formulas over SPF 50), can cause more irritation.
Physical sunblocks feel heavier and can give your skin a whitish tint. These work by sitting on top of the skin and reflecting the sun’s rays off your face and body.
Actives To Look For
titanium dioxide or zinc oxide
Pros of Physical Sunblocks
- Begin working immediately when applied
- Natural UVA & UVB protection
- Less irritating
Cons of Physical Sunscreens
- They tend to rub off more easily
- Since it is thicker it is visible on the skin
- Can feel a bit tacky or sticky
Best things to remember
- Limiting your time in the sun, especially between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., when the sun’s rays are most intense.
- Apply sun screen liberally and about every 2 hours.