They say first impressions count, and in your busy life filled with video chats and virtual meetings, that often starts with your face. Putting your best face forward means healthy skin that’s protected from sun damage. When you’re looking for a sunscreen, it’s important to choose a product that provides a high sun protection factor (SPF) with broad spectrum coverage against ultraviolet (UV) radiation. For many people, sunscreen features as an integral part of their regular skin care regimen. Here, we review characteristics of different skin types and what to look for when choosing a sunscreen to suit your skin.
Sensitive skin describes skin that is easily irritated by skin care products or cosmetics. This can result in a stinging, burning, or itching sensation after a product is applied to the skin, or even visible changes such as redness, dry patches, or bumpy skin.
For people with sensitive skin, look for sunscreens that are low irritant or hypoallergenic. Mineral sunscreens that contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide are a good option for sensitive skin because these mineral UV filters are less likely to cause skin irritation or reactions. You may also want to avoid certain ingredients including fragrances, preservatives, or certain chemical UV filters (e.g. oxybenzone) that have been associated with skin irritation or allergic reactions.
Oily skin results from overactive sebaceous glands, where too much oil is produced by special glands in the hair follicles. This can result in skin that feels greasy and looks shiny or red and can be associated with acne.
If you have oily skin or are prone to developing acne, sunscreens that use lighter water-based, alcohol-based, or gel formulations may be suitable. Look for ingredients that can help control oil production, help to minimise skin inflammation, and won’t clog pores (non comedogenic).
People with dry skin often experience skin that feels tight, rough, flaky, or even itchy. This results from a lack of moisture in the outermost layer of the skin – the stratum corneum.
When it comes to finding a sunscreen for dry skin, look for cream-based sunscreen products that contain moisturising ingredients to help retain the moisture in your skin.
Combination skin typically describes skin that is oily across the T-zone (the forehead, nose, and chin) and normal or even dry across the cheeks.
Sunscreens that suit combination skin include those with non comedogenic ingredients in a light, moisturising formulation.
Whatever your skin type, the best sunscreen is the one that you feel comfortable wearing every day to help you incorporate sun protection into your daily morning routine. So we’ll leave you with a few more tips to help you find your perfect match and give your face the best protection you can!
● Choose a high level of SPF with broad spectrum UVA plus UVB coverage to provide maximum protection from the sun.
● Opt for a water resistant formulation if you plan to go swimming or get sweaty
● If you have sensitive skin, perform a test patch on a small area of skin to make sure it does not cause any irritation or reaction.
● Apply a generous amount of your chosen sunscreen – at least a teaspoon to cover your entire face and neck – 20 minutes before you go outside and reapply every 2 hours.
Looking for your new daily facial sunscreen? Try INVISIBLE ZINC Sheer Defence Facial Moisturiser. This lightweight moisturiser plus mineral sunscreen offers high SPF50 broad spectrum protection with a sheer, matte finish. Non comedogenic, fragrance-free, suitable for sensitive skin, and 2 hours water resistant.
Oily, dry, or sensitive – whatever your skin type, reach for a high SPF of at least 30, with broad spectrum UVA plus UVB coverage to provide the best protection for your skin.
For oily or acne-prone skin, sunscreens that contain ingredients that are non comedogenic (don’t clog pores), non irritating, and control oil production are a good option. Mineral sunscreens containing zinc oxide fit the bill here.
For sensitive skin, look for hypoallergenic, fragrance-free and low irritant sunscreens – mineral sunscreens with zinc oxide are a good option. Try testing any new sunscreen on a small area of skin before going ahead with a full application to ensure it doesn’t cause skin irritation or reactions.