How to Choose The Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin?

Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
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Staying under the sun way too long can damage the skin. Not only that, too much sun exposure can also fasten the ageing process. That is why you always have to wear sunscreen protection. Even when it is not summer or even if there is no sun, you still need sunscreen protection. Based on current research, one out of five Americans suffer from skin cancer. To avoid the risk of having skin cancer and ageing related skin problems, you need to use an effective sunscreen product.

And in the market, there are various sunscreen brands to choose from. But if you have sensitive skin, you need to select the best product that will work for your skin type.

FDA Approved Sunscreen

Before you finally get a particular product, it is a must that you choose a sunscreen that is FDA approved. When a product is FDA approved and certified, it means that it has undergone clinical trials and tests. There are 17 ingredients that you get to find in sunscreen products that have been approved by FDA. Individuals have different skin types and one sunscreen product may not be thoroughly effective for others. For instance, babies have different sunscreen needs from older people.

Here are the list of ingredients of FDA Approved sunscreens:

  • UVB Absorbers: para-aminobenzoic, cinoxate ensulizole, octocrylene, homosalate, padimate O, trolamine salicylate.
  • UVA Absorbers: ecamsle, meradimate, avobenzone.
  • UVB and UVA Absorbers: dioxybenzone, sulisonbenzone, oxybenzone.
  • UVA and UVA Physical Sunscreens: zinc oxide, titanium dioxide.

Know more About Intense and Incidental Exposure

The kind of product that you have to purchase would depend on your needs. For example, if you only have to stay outside for a few minutes, this is called as incidental sun exposure. For this kind of exposure, you only need a sun protection factor (SPF) 15. If you are always out on the sun then you need to have SPF 30 or more.

Another important thing that you need to take into consideration when choosing the best sun sunscreen product is that you have to ensure that it can product you against UVA and UVB. The ultraviolate A and ultraviolet B are both harmful for the skin. As such, you have t choose a product that can give you both UVA and UVB coverage.

Sunscreen for Acne Prone Skin

Those who have acne or allergy prone skin, they have to avoid buying sunscreen products that have fragrances and preservatives. In addition, you should also avoid the ingredients, oxybenzone and PABA as these ingredients can result to negative skin reactions. If you are suffering from acne, it is strongly recommended that you go for gel based sunscreen product and avoid greasy sunscreens.

Sunscreen For Dry Skin

On the other hand, if you have a dry skin, you have to go for a sunscreen that would moisturize the skin. There are various moisturizing sunscreens now made available in the market. This type of sunscreen contains the following ingredients like lanolins, silicones, oils, etc.

Sunscreen for Highly Sensitive Skin

For individuals who have been suffering from skin discoloration called melasma or those who used to have skin cancer, it is important to have SPF 30 for added protection. Although it is okay to use a sunscreen that has SPF 15, you need to buy a product that has extra protection if you have highly sensitive skin. You also have to constantly reapply to make sure that your skin is protected from the harmful rays of the sun.

Sunscreen For Older People

As you age, you are still prone to the harmful effects of staying out in the sun. Apart from that, you may also end up experiencing skin aging related problems brought about by too much sun exposure. To reduce* the risk of skin cancer and the occurrence of age spots, wrinkles, etc., you also have to use sunscreen. For older people, it is best to have sunscreen sprays.

Buy Trusted Sunscreen Brands

Once you already know the kind of sunscreen protection you need, it is now much easier for you to find the product that suits you. In buying one, you do not always have to go for the most expensive product. Buy a brand that is trusted by many and the one that you think will give you ample sun protection.

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Expert Author : Margaux Diaz (Consumer Health Digest)

Margaux Diaz is an inspirational writer who strongly believes in the power of self-motivation. She believes that every woman and man, no matter what age or race, can be confident but that confidence must be shaped inside and out. Margaux has over a decade of experience researching and writing as a passion. She is a social development worker who spends her free time pondering and writing about life, love, health, relationships, human rights, human potential, the inherent goodness of men and women, and everything else that should matter.