Sunscreen: Choosing the Best for Your Skin Type


There are hundreds of different beauty products you can use, but there is one essential step you should never forget – applying sunscreen. Here at Youthful Reflections, we believe that it is among the most important products that you should own.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology, one out of five Americans may develop skin cancer. In 2013, more than 12,000 people died from skin cancer in the US alone. Even during the fall and winter, the sun’s rays can be damaging so don’t forget to apply sunscreen.

Ultraviolet light (UV) is the major cause of skin cancer and while exposure to UV light is unavoidable, you can limit UV light exposure. Protective clothing, sunglasses, and a hat are all effective tools to help reduce your exposure to UV light. 

There are many different types of sun block products. Different products may work better for some more than others. For instance, if you are prone to breakouts, you may want to avoid products with certain ingredients. Those with oily skin may not be happy with a product designed for those with dry skin. With so many different options, it can be difficult to know which is the best one for you.

First, let’s look at the difference between physical sunscreen and chemical.

Chemical sunscreen is absorbed into the skin, absorbs the UV rays, converts the rays into heat and then releases them from the body. The active ingredients in chemical products are avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone. This type may be best if you will be swimming, playing sports or sweating a lot during the day.

Physical sunscreen sits on top of the skin and reflects the sun’s rays. The active ingredients in physical products are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. This type tends to be gentler on sensitive skin.

No matter which you choose, your sunscreen should be:

• Broad Spectrum

• Noncomedogenic

• Oil-free

• Paraben-free

• SPF of at least 30 or higher

Here are some tips on how you can choose the best for your skin type.

For Children’s Skin

Since chemical ingredients, particularly para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA) and oxybenzone, can cause skin reactions, people with sensitive skin, including children, should use physical sunscreens instead of chemical ones.

For Sensitive Skin

If you are predisposed to allergic reactions and rosacea or have acne-prone skin, you should avoid using products with fragrances or alcohol. Preservatives are also not recommended for people with sensitive skin, as well as products with PABA and oxybenzone.

The best for sensitive skin should not have ingredients that could cause skin reactions. Some good ingredients that are easy on your skin include ecamsule and salicylates.

For Dry Skin

When you are out in the sun, your skin can dry out quickly. The best way to combat this problem is by using sunscreen that also moisturizes your skin.

Dry skin is often considered a part of the aging process. However, people of all ages can have dry skin, including those with eczema. Choose products with soothing emollients, along with effective sun protection.

If you have a favorite sunscreen that does not provide enough moisturizing, here is a trick you can try. Get a thick moisturizing cream, preferably one without fragrance, and mix it with your sunscreen. You can now apply it to your face and body.

For Oily Skin

Individuals whose skin tends to be on the oilier side need to be more careful with their sunscreen selections. Gel formulas and products with alcohol may be useful. Typically, it is best to go with lighter lotions. No matter which you choose, it is better to pick a broad-spectrum sunscreen.

Mineral sunscreens work well in providing a matte look for those with oily skin because they can be drying. In this case, you may want to opt for those with chemical formulas for results you will love.

Combo Skin

Combination skin often indicates that you have certain parts of your face that are dry while others are oily. This unevenness makes choosing the right products a huge challenge. You may want to opt for a lighter sunscreen in this case, as applying a lighter lotion will allow you to test out what will work while avoiding something that is too heavy on the oily zones of the face.

It is especially important to remember to use your sunscreen after you’ve had any type of facial procedure. Call today to find out the best treatments for your skin.

Your choice of sunscreen is very important! Contact Youthful Reflections today to schedule your free consultation with Dr. Boggess. Youthful Reflections is here to help you keep your skin in its best condition. Our staff works with you every step of the way, from consultation through surgical and non-surgical procedures. 

Individual results and healing times may vary, as each person is unique.

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