It’s of the utmost importance that everybody wears a sunscreen on a daily basis. Sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s detrimental ultra violet rays. Excessive sun exposure leads to skin cancer, and hyperpigmentation of the skin. Hyperpigmentation is characterized by brown spots and freckling on the skin, as well as a rubbery appearance and lines, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. Protect your skin and save it from sun damage by layering at least an SPF15 as your last step of your regimen in the morning. If your skin is exposed to the sun throughout the day, make sure to re-apply every two hours.
There are two types of sunscreens: chemical or physical. Depending on your skin type and concerns the selection will vary.
Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients like octinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and avobenzone which are absorbed by the skin and absorb the sun’s rays without allowing for them to penetrate into the bottom layers of the skin. Physical sunscreens contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which sit on the top layer of the skin and provide a physical barrier while blocking the sun’s rays. Sunscreen is available in lotion, cream and powder form so there’s something for everyone, oily to combination skin types will typically prefer a lotion or powder form, a normal to dry skin type will typically gravitate to a cream formula.
Since sunscreens are composed of sun filters, a broad spectrum sunscreen is needed to block UVA and UVB rays, providing maximum coverage. There are many sunscreens out on the market now that do not feel greasy, have no odor, and are very sweat-resistant.