HOW TO PICK A SUNSCREEN FOR SENSITIVE AND
The basic thumb rule of skincare is: “Make sure you clean your skin well before going to bed” and “Wear Sun Block before stepping out”. Today’s post will be focusing on the later part. Sunscreen protects your skin from sunburn, tanning, premature wrinkle formation, photoaging, and pigmentation. You can actually say sunscreen plays a major role in your “anti-aging” and “brightening” skincare routine. Picking up a right sunscreen is a tricky task; it’s like finding that one perfect shade of lipstick; and when your skin is sensitive and or acne-prone, it becomes the most difficult task but not an impossible one. I have only two inevitable requirements, that sunscreen used shouldn’t irritate my skin or trigger breakouts and no white cast. Apart from this, one needs to pick a sunscreen that fits their lifestyle.
So, the various factors that should be considered while picking up the sunscreen are:
- Avoid Sunscreen with Oxybenzone, this is considered unsafe for human health.
- If you have dry skin, rosacea skin, impaired skin barrier, extremely sensitive skin, avoid sunscreen that contains Denatured Alcohol (Alcohol Denat.).
- If you have tan skin aka darker skin colour, white cast is a big no-no, the chemical sunscreen come to your rescue.
- People with Rosacea issue should go for the Physical sunscreen aka Mineral sunscreen.
- Always check the ingredients list if a sunscreen has any allergen that caused a skin reaction in the past.
- If you happen to spend a lot of time outdoors for a daily activity or sports or need sunscreen for swimming; physical sunscreen is your pick. “Missha All Around Safe Block Waterproof Sun Milk” is a good pick for this.
If you are pregnant or a feeding mother, use sunscreen after a discussion with a dermatologist. Usually, a physical sunblock is considered safer. “Purito Comfy Water Sun Block” is something worth checking out.
Difference between Chemical and physical sunscreen.
Physical sunblock protects your skin by forming a literal safe barrier, the reason for the white cast, and reflect the UVA and UVB rays, thereby considered safer for very sensitive skin kind. They have either the “Zinc Oxide” or “Titanium Dioxide” or both as its key UV reflectors; whereas the chemical sunscreen absorbs the UVA and UVB rays after reducing their intensity, this whole process produces heat which can sometime, can cause heat flush in the skin with rosacea issue.
Also, in comparison to the physical sunblock, chemical sunscreen after the application has longer waiting time, before one can step out of the house. It is usually around 20-30 mins, whereas mineral sunscreen only requires some 10 mins of waiting time.
Again, always remember, the sunscreen feasibility is very important, like say, you get the safest physical sunblock, but you are not able to use it because of a white cast, the product will turn out to be completely useless. So, one needs to pick a sunscreen which is viable, suits your skin type and, protects your skin from damage.
Reapplication after 2-3 hours, before and after swimming is must whether you use a physical or chemical sunscreen.
Next question comes is if chemical sunscreens are safer on the skin?
Skincare products manufacturing company are lately coming up with many new ingredients that protect your skin from rays, are least harmful on the skin and provide the non-sticky no-white-cast finish. Most of the sunscreens are the combination of both mineral and chemical filters, also known as Hybrid sunscreen. Only one ingredient that I will avoid in a sunscreen particularly used in the chemical sunscreen, it is the “Oxybenzone” which can over the time harms the body functioning, rest of the ingredients are safe to use.
Best Sunscreen for Sensitive and Acne prone – ALL SKIN TYPE.
Purito Comfy Water Sun Block :
100% physical sunblock, no white cast and safe for rosacea skin
Klairs Soft Airy UV Essence:
Gentle Chemical sunscreen, no white cast.
Purito Centella Green Level Safe Sun:
Hybrid sunscreen and no white cast
Missha All around safe block Aqua Sun Gel
100% Chemical sunscreen, no white cast, for oily skin only.
Best Sunscreen for Dry skin that also adds moisture to the skin.
Cosrx Aloe Soothing Sun Cream.
Missha All around safe block Essence Sun Milk.
Etude House Sunprise Mild Watery Light.
− Shelley Nayak