Monday, June 24, 2013

Reader Question About Choosing the Right Sunscreen

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A blog reader recently asked me a great question about sunscreen. As soon as I sent the reply, I realized that a lot of you out there might have the same question. I know I did!

Reader Question: "I'm looking for a natural sunscreen that wont break my face out. Help!"

As far as finding a "natural" sunscreen, that's going to be really hard. The term "natural" doesn't have an industry-wide definition so every brand is going to have their own way of defining what natural means. Plus, in order for sunscreen to be effective and work, you need the vital active ingredients in the product. Chemical sunscreen need active ingredients like Avobenzone, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, Oxybenzone, Oxtinoxate, Menthyl Anthranilate or Oxtocrylene and physical sunscreens need active ingredients like Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. You're best off trying a few different sunscreens to see which works better for your own skin. The best way to do that is through a patch test on the back of your neck or on a lower portion of your neck.

Zinc Dioxide and Titanium Dioxide are the two active ingredients found in a physical sunscreen. A physical sunscreen works to protect your skin from harmful UV rays by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting them. This is opposed to a chemical sunscreen which allows the UV rays to be absorbed into the skin and then neutralizes them. This is why a physical sunscreen works a lot better for the sensitive skin types. If you're acne prone, go for a physical sunscreen that's formulated for the face and is oil-free and lightweight. 

Here are a couple of my favorites that I've tried recently that haven't caused me any breakouts: 

This formula has a bit of tint to it which eliminates that chalky look on the skin

It's water resistant for up to 80 minutes. This stuff is great for water sports or if you're doing something outdoors that makes you sweat.

It's specially formulated for aging, sensitive AND acne skin types

There's a natural vs organic debate that's been going on in the beauty world. I've covered it on my blog and have even been published on the topic. If you're curious, check out what I've written:

Finding the right sunscreen for your skin can be quite a process, but it's worth the research!! I LOVE being inspired by my blog readers. If you have any questions, shoot me an email or leave a comment below.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for educating us on sunscreen! I have been obsessed with this topic lately and still have a couple of questions. If it's recommended to use 1oz of sunscreen per application then would a 18 fl. oz pump of Sugergoop! only hold 18 applications? It's advertised as an endless summer pump and one reviewer on Sephora said that the container would last them for 5 months, so I'm wondering if I'm misunderstanding how long it should last. Also, I know if you are in the sun all day you should reapply every two hours even in the winter or on a cloudy day, but what if you are in doors all day? If you remain indoors do you need to reapply throughout the day or only before you go outside?