Sunscreen, coined as “insurance for your skin”, preached by a whole range of skincare experts and dermatologists alike, is a definite staple for your skincare routine. We are all well aware of the terrifying effects of sun damage, from premature skin ageing to skin cancer.
Yet, on the other hand, it can be such a hassle finding an ideal sunscreen that offers effective sun protection that isn’t overly sticky, oily or gives you very pale skin in photos.
We give the key points on UV protection and how you can find a suitable sunscreen for your skincare routine.
How exactly does the sun inflict damage onto your skin?
These are the sun’s tanning and ageing rays responsible for premature skin ageing https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583886/and may also cause and even exacerbate melanoma, a type of skin cancer. UVA rays are constant throughout the entire day and all year round, regardless of the season. Also, UVA rays can penetrate glass and water, which means you may even be at risk of this damage indoors or underwater!
UVB rays are the sun’s rays which cause sunburn (a major risk factor for skin cancer!) However, UVB rays are only strongest during the scorching summer midday.
What type of protection do I need?
For your sunscreen to protect against skin aging, it should be labelled “broad spectrum” to protect against UVAs. For such sunscreens, the UVA protection will be at least a third of the labelled SPF number.
Not sure which level of SPF would be suitable for your activities? Refer to the table below! . https://www.skincancer.org/prevention/uva-and-uvb
|Type of activity||Sunscreen you should use|
|Everyday protection||Broadspectrum sunscreen of SPF 15|
|Extended amounts of time in the sun (summer tanning, or playing outdoor sports)||Broadspectrum sunscreen with at least SPF30 protection|
Our Zinc Shade [link] is rated SPF15 broad spectrum (and it’s actually rated at SPF23) and has boosted levels of UVA protection (equivalent to the UVA protection from an SPF30 Broad spectrum product).
…That’s not all! How do you choose between chemical and physical sunscreens?
Chemical (also known as organic) sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays.
Physical sunscreens work by reflecting or scattering UV rays.
However there is a growing concern that many common chemical sunscreens may be endocrine disruptors, interfering with your hormones and possibly leading to cancer. Thus, we would strongly recommend avoiding any sunscreen with the following ingredients: Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Octylmethoxycinnamate, and opting for physical sunscreens, such as our Zinc Shade.
Let’s face it. Sunscreen can honestly be uncomfortable on your skin.
If you have oily or acne-prone skin, we understand how it feels like to deal with greasy and suffocating formulas of sunscreen. With that in mind, we’ve formulated the Zinc Shade to neither white or greasy residue, so you can enjoy using it all year-round!
We think sunscreen is so import, we include it in all of our Kits for every skin type:
Applying sunscreen doesn’t have to be a chore for you. Order our Zinc Shade today!