How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

20 September 2016 / By shumway
How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin Type

How to Choose the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin TypeThe time of year has come where it’s time to cover up. We’re not talking about covering up in clothes. We know it’s hot. We mean it’s time to cover yourself in sunscreen.There are a lot of different options out there when choosing a type of sunscreen, and you should consider many different options before committing to one.For instance, how long do you plan on staying out in the sun? Will water be involved? Are you going to be performing any kind of physical activity? Which type of sunscreen is made with all natural ingredients?

All of these factors are extremely important to keep in mind while shopping around for a good sunscreen option, but one of the most important factors to consider is the type of skin you have.

Dry Skin

First of all, if you already have dry, irritated skin, then you need to make sure you are protecting it from the sun as much as you can. Sun damage to already-dry skin can irritate your skin even more. While considering your go-to sunscreen make sure to choose one with moisturizing benefits. Moisturizing sunscreens usually come in creams, lotions, or ointments. Not only will these sunscreens keep you protected from the sun, but they will nourish and hydrate your skin as well.

Oily Skin

If your skin is oily and extremely prone to breakouts, then sunscreen may be something that you try to avoid, even though you know better. The struggle of finding the perfect sunscreen for your oily skin is worth the occasional breakout in the long run. Trust us. When picking out your summer sunscreen, make sure your are looking for one that is labeled “oil-free”. This way, you’ll know that you’re doing everything you can to keep your blemishes at bay while simultaneously protecting yourself from extremely harmful sun exposure. Gel-based sunscreens are also a good choice for people with oily skin because the gel formula tends to dry the skin.

Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin and it gets irritated easily, you should avoid any sunscreen that has fragrances, preservatives, or alcohol. Your best bet while choosing a good sunscreen for your skin type may be to go with any sunscreen that is labeled with “baby” or “children”. These sunscreens are made up of an ultra-gentle formula so your skin won’t get irritated. Most sunscreens that are meant for children are made up of physical sunscreen ingredients instead of chemical ingredients. What this means is that physical sunscreens deflect and scatter the sun’s rays before they penetrate the skin. The ingredients found in chemical sunscreens (which absorb the UV rays and convert them into heat energy) are more likely to cause reactions for individuals with sensitive skin.

We Want to Help Protect Your Skin!

Protecting your skin on a daily basis may come as an inconvenience, but it’s worth it for your health both in the present and in the future. Constant sun exposure can be extremely damaging and dangerous. We’re not saying you should avoid the sun at all costs, but keeping it lathered up with sunscreen will ensure that you are taking the necessary precautions to protect yourself.

At Shumway Cosmetic Surgery, we offer a wide range of sunscreens for all skin types so you can feel protected at any time. Give us a call at (858) 587-2640 for more information about the skin care products we carry.