5 Best Sunscreens for Every Skin Type
Come rain or shine, wearing sunscreen is one step in your skincare routine that you can’t afford to skip. It’s the best and easiest way to protect your skin from harmful UV rays in sunlight. Regular use of sunscreens will help prevent sunburns and skin cancer and premature aging. That’s why it’s so important to make sunscreen a part of your daily skincare routine.
But which is the best sunscreen for your skin type? Shopping for sunblock can be overwhelming. To make the choice easier, we’re going to tell you about some dermatologist-recommended sunscreens for every skin type.
Types of Sunscreens
Before we dive into the recommendations for the best sunscreens, let’s take a quick look at the different types available. Sunscreens can be broken down into essentially 2 types – mineral sunscreens and chemical sunscreens. They work in different ways to protect your skin from the sun.
Mineral sunscreens sit on top of your skin and create a physical barrier to block or deflect UV rays. They contain ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium oxide. You can think of them as tiny mirrors, and they offer protection against both UVA and UVB rays. They’re effective as soon as they’re applied. However, because they can get easily rubbed off or be rinsed off with sweat or water, you need to reapply them frequently. Some people don’t like mineral sunscreens because they tend to leave a white film or cakey residue on the skin.
Chemical sunscreens work differently than mineral sunscreens as they get absorbed into your skin. They absorb UV rays and convert them into heat. Most individuals are not aware that it takes chemical sunscreens 20-30 minutes to become effective. You still need to reapply chemical sunscreens if you’re in direct sunlight. However, you can apply smaller amounts compared to mineral sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens are also thinner and easier to spread on the skin and are invisible after application. Please note: All of the chemical sunscreens we carry are benzene-free.
One of the more popular approaches that some expert sunscreen manufacturers use is a combination approach—combining the benefits of both chemical and mineral sunscreen properties. In general, this makes for a great sunscreen that protects your skin and delivers another level of cosmetic elegance.
SPF or sun protection factor is a measure of how much UV radiation produces sunburn in protected skin versus unprotected skin. A higher SPF value indicates greater sun protection. But you shouldn’t go by SPF number alone. For example, don’t think that if you normally get sunburned in 1 hour, an SPF 15 sunblock cream will lengthen this to 1 hour 15 minutes.
The truth is that besides the duration of sun exposure, other things matter too. For instance, one hour of sun exposure at 9:00am could be equivalent to just 15 minutes of sun exposure at 2:00pm. The effectiveness of sunscreen also depends on your skin type, the amount of sunscreen you apply, your activities (for example, swimming can wash off sunscreen), and how frequently you reapply your sunscreen.
Dermatologists advise that you find a sunscreen that suits your skin and lifestyle and contains a minimum of SPF 30.
Alright, so now let’s get to it. Here are the 5 best sunscreens for every skin type as recommended by a dermatologist.