Tip Tuesday: How to Find the Perfect Sunscreen for your Skin Type

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Tip of the day: Finding the perfect sunscreen for your skin type

One of the many things we always forget to do when doing our skincare routine is applying sunscreen. I never like wearing sunscreen because they leave a white cast and are really hard to blend in, so I always opt for a moisturizer with some SPF in it, thinking that would be sufficient but I ended up hating those types of moisturizers because of my dry skin.Two days ago, I was talking to my girlfriend about skincare stuff because she is a beautician and beauty advisor and I have always asked her for skincare advice and recommendations. She was telling me about sunscreens and how to find the perfect sunscreen for your skin type. I did more research into this and thought I would share some tips with you to my best knowledge.

Sunscreen basics: What do they do?

Sunscreen protect the skin from the sun ultraviolet rays (UV) either by scattering light, reflecting it away from the body or absorbs the rays before they reach the skin. There are two types of of UV rays: UVA and UVB. UVA and UVB are proven to cause skin cancer. While UVA don’t cause sunburns, they penetrate deeply into the skin and causes wrinkles and UVB will usually burn the superficial layers of the skin.

Finding your sunscreen.

When looking for sunscreen, keep in mind that there are two types of sunscreens; chemical and physical sunscreen. Chemical sunscreen has ingredients that absorbs and reduce UV penetration into the skin while physical sunscreen protects the skin by deflecting radiation from the UV rays. Physical sunscreen usually contains ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. The particles sits on the surface and leave a thick white film on the skin (which I hate).

Here are some things to consider when you are looking for sunscreens for your skin type:

Dry Skin: Find sunscreens with moisturizing formulation. Ingredients include lanolin, oils, silicones such as dimethicone. You can usually find them as creams, lotions or ointments.

Oily Skin: Go for an oil-free formula or a light liquid formulation which help you looking matte throughout the day. You can also wear a primer with an SPF instead of a sunscreen under your makeup.

Acne-prone: Look for non-comedogenic sunscreens as it won’t clogged your pores.

Sensitive: Try sunscreens with cream formulas and avoid alcohol ingredients.

Choosing a broad-spectrum sunscreens with SPF30 will also help to protect your skin from both UVA and UVB rays. I hope this is helpful enough for you guys in finding the prefect sunscreen for your skin. I didn’t really know much about sunscreen until recently and I’ve been using a sunscreen with sunflower oil and a water-based type that helps penetrate into the skin quickly (here). Thanks for reading everyone and have an amazing summer!XOXO

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