It’s one of the most important steps in your skincare routine. So finding out which is the best UV protection for your skin type is paramount. UV protections also the best anti-ageing product on your bathroom shelf. Therefore, it’s a good habit to get into sooner rather than later.
Since there are so many different forms of UV protection on the market, we’ve decided to break it down for you. Simply to help you better understand what type of sunblock is appropriate for your skin and lifestyle.
On the market you will find physical sunblocks, chemical sunblocks or a mixture of both physical and chemical. They all have their place within skin care and sun protection.
A physical sunblock is one that reflects or scatters UV rays off the skin. In most products, it is zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that is used. Unfortunately, zinc has the reputation of being thick and difficult to rub in. Making the skin look quite white for a while after application – funnily enough people don’t like this! It has been found that when the mineral particles are broken down to a micro-size they are able to disperse into the skin without leaving the white residue. It also doesn’t have that greasy feel to the skin, whilst still giving you the excellent physical barrier you need.
A physical block is great for those who have sensitive skin. This is because, usually, the ingredients are fewer and more natural. This means a lower likelihood of skin irritation. One we commonly recommend is the CosMedix Hydrate+. It is moisturising, hydrating and gives great protection.
A downside to a physical block is that it washes or sweats off the skin. So generally doesn’t provide long-lasting sun protection for water days or sweaty sports people. On these days you will need to apply it more frequently than you would a chemical sunblock. Alternatively, if you are more active and spending longer periods of time outdoors, you could opt for a chemical sunblock or a mixture of them both. You can see why the best UV protection for your skin type is necessary to really protect your skin.
A chemical sunblock is one that penetrates the epidermis, rather than creating a barrier as a physical sunblock does, and tend to be liked by oily, acne skins as they don’t sit on the surface of the skin. However, chemical SPFs can block pores, making problematic skin worse. We suggest a light moisturising UV blocker, such as the CosMedix Reflect for acne clients. This product, being a spray, is easy to pop in the hand bag and top-up throughout the day.
Chemical sunblocks are known as absorbers, meaning they absorb UV rays before they get down to the dermis where they can do damage. A chemical reaction occurs and the UV rays are transferred into heat or infrared rays. Generally speaking, a chemical sunblock will last longer on the skin and are often water-resistant, making them more effective for those who spend longer periods of time outdoors or exercising. A downside to chemical sunblocks are that those who have sensitive skin are more likely to react or have sensitivities to the product, due to the presence of chemicals.
Combination of Physical and Chemical Blocks
Lastly, you can find products that are a combination of the two! Any product that specifies it is over SPF 20, will have some form of chemical sun protection in it. This is because zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, if they are TGA approved, can only be labelled SPF20 even though they are physical barriers to UVs.
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At The Skin Care Clinic we stock all types of UV blocking products, most are physical creams, however we have easy to apply sprays, lip balms with SPF 35, makeup with powders and tinted moisturisers that are SPF 50 and full of antioxidants and just one purely chemical cream – with no nasties which is a super bonus for your skin! The sports people love this one!
The most important thing about protecting your skin from UV rays is that it needs to be constant – as in EVERYDAY – if you wish to help your skin age more slowly and look and feel good, as well as be healthier.
The best UV protection for your skin type makes all the difference.
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