Like earlier mentioned in our sun skincare blog, the sun is fun but it causes a lot of trouble if not limited, so we wear sunscreen. Hoping you do too!

Sunscreen should never be limited to application when outdoors but also indoors especially within reach of blue light sources like televisions and laptops. Go for lower Sun Protection Factor (SPF) levels when in doors or in rainy/cold seasons. A higher SPF is recommended when outdoors during sunny days. The SPF number on your bottles is a measurement of how long UVR takes to cause a sun reaction on your skin. These sunscreens come in different forms like lotions, creams and sprays (aerosols and lotions) from which you choose your most convenient formulation. Minus that, there are 2 types of sunscreen you need to know.

  1. MINERAL SUNSCREEN (physical sunscreen/sunblock)

Mineral sunscreen works by reflecting Ultra Violet Rays (UVR) off the skin. They are thick and white of which they leave a white coat on the skin making it non- favorable to people of color. Mineral sunscreen is easily identified by two contents; Zinc oxide or Titanium dioxide. Some sunscreen products may offer both contents in the same product. This kind of sunscreen is a good choice for sensitive skin because it is not known to cause irritations.

  1. CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN (sunscreen)

Chemical sunscreen works by absorbing Ultra Violet Rays (UVR) preventing them from penetrating into the skin. Therefore chemical sunscreens need to be fully absorbed into the skin for the best results. Chemical sunscreen leaves a shiny appearance because after it absorbs the UVR it converts them into heat so they are able to be released. They are easily identified by many contents such as avobenzone, octocrylene, homosalate and more. This kind of sunscreen is a good choice for normal to dry skin.

Each of the above is likely to give an adverse reaction for an oily skin. This is because minerals are heavy and likely to cause pore blockage while chemicals generate heat which may lead redness, swelling and itching. So the best way to deal with oily skin is actually looking out for either sun screen that is oil free, non comedogenic, light weight or strictly facial moisturizers with sun screen. And when facial moisturizers with sunscreen are your choice, sunscreen rules still do apply.

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