We all know we should be using a sunscreen on a daily basis and protecting our skin from premature ageing and sun damage. But do you know not all sunscreens are considered equal and we could be doing more harm than good with what we are using?
That’s where learning about the ingredients in your skincare comes in and what we should be looking for in our products.
There are two main types of sun protection, physical and chemical and it matters which one you use;
Physical sunscreen forms a barrier on top of the skin that blocks the sun from penetrating the skin by reflecting it off and away from the skin, it can block both UVA and UVB rays.
Physical sunscreens are commonly made from Zinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide as the active ingredients which are mineral and rocks that have been crushed into a microfine substance. The sunscreens also start to work immediately after application and last longer under makeup.
Physical sunscreens are only available in a maximum of SPF 30+ so don’t be fooled into thinking because you are using a 50+ sunscreen you have the best protection, 50+ sunscreens are made with chemical ingredients and although it will still protect you from being burnt it won’t protect you from free radicals that create lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.
Unfortunately, most of the sunscreen added to foundations and makeup are usually a chemical sunscreen and won’t offer you the protection you need.
Chemical sunscreens active ingredients are typically Oxybenzone or Avobenzone, they work by soaking into the skin and when UV light penetrates and comes through the skin, the particles of the product absorbs the UV and dissipates it, which in turn creates free radicals and causes more damage within the skin.
So, although you are being protected from being burnt by the UV rays you are still causing sun damage to the skin. I know I’d rather be reflecting the UV away from my skin than absorbing it and creating cellular damage.
What do you look for when thinking about your everyday sun protection not just in the summer months?
Look for products that use Zinc Oxide and/or Titanium Oxide as their active ingredient, use a 30+.
Unfortunately, most of the sunscreen added to foundations and makeup are usually a chemical sunscreen and won’t offer you the protection you need, so this is where layering your makeup over physical sunscreen is the way to go.
It’s also important that we use enough product when applying, sunscreen is not of the little goes a long way variety, you need a sizeable amount to ensure good protection and don’t forget your neck and chest as well.
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Tarnya Cook is the owner + operator of Tarnya Cook Skin & Wellness, she recognises the importance of beautiful skin inside and out and is widely influenced by the secrets of French beauty. Tarnya is a multi-disciplined skin, nail and beauty therapist whose passion lies in creating amazing skin for her clients.