It’s almost summer and these days sun is shining in The Netherlands! We never know how long we can enjoy the sun here since the weather changes fast soooo enjoy it while it last! 😊
Anyway, while we like to be out there enjoying the sun maybe lying on the beach, picnicking or walking in the park, we have to protect out skin from the UV rays, right? Since it has so many benefits for our skin to put on sunscreen, it’s not only to protect the skin against harmful UV that can lead to sunburn and skin cancer but also to prevent aging skin.
Nowadays there are so many sunscreens we can choose from such as physical sunscreen, chemical sunscreen or combination (Hybrid) sunscreen. Also, the variety of SPF goes from 15, 30 to 50. As we do know SPF 15 nearly blocks 93% of UVB rays, SPF 30 nearly blocks 97% of UVB rays while SPF 50 nearly blocks 98% of UVB rays. As you can see the difference between SPF 30 and 50 is only 1%; looks like a small difference, but think about it this way: with SPF 30 50% more UV rays are reaching your skin compared to SPF 50.
Interestingly I've heard sometimes from people that they don’t use SPF (yeah what?!) mostly because it feels too greasy or makes them breaking out. I’m totally surprised but I can understand that because when I was young, I also hated the feeling on my skin. But these days with so many different sunscreens you can choose I think you just have to get the right one for your skin. Especially with those Asian sunscreens it’s totally a game changer, most of them feel so light, non-greasy and don’t leave a white cast. But of course, you need to do more research which one is the one for you.
Now let’s look the overview by skin type
Normal skin If you have a normal skin, you will have a lot of choice and you don’t need to worry much about the ingredients that might irritate your skin. It comes in gel, cream or spray you have plenty of those to choose, which texture you prefer on your skin.
Dry skin For dry skin you might want to make sure that the sunscreen is a rich formulation, cream type and has moisturizing active ingredients such as hyaluronic acid, ceramide, glycerin, aloe or honey which are all great for moisturizing.
Oily skin If your skin is oily, look for a lightweight sunscreen with oil-free formula, water-based formula, gel type or non-comedogenic with matte finish which is preferable for oily skin. There are some ingredients that might help to control sebum production such as tea tree, green tea and niacinamide.
Sensitive skin For sensitive skin, same with any other skin care you have to look more careful and have to make sure that there are no ingredients that might irritate your skin such as fragrance, alcohol or oxybenzone. Look for a physical sunscreen with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide that is milder for your skin.
I hope this can help you to find sunscreen that is suitable for your skin, I know it can be overwhelming and a long term trial to get what's best for your skin, but it can be a fun journey and when you found the one it will be worth it. Even though you won’t see instant result you will get the benefit of it on long-term.
Here are other tips that might be useful:
- Apply your sunscreen generously on your face and body, don’t forget your neck area.
- With most sunscreens you have to wait 30 minutes after applying it before you get the sun exposure.
- Always re-apply after 2 hours, or right away if you are sweating, after outdoor sport or swimming.
- Don’t stay too long under the sun, even when using a sunscreen product.
For me personally I always go for the highest SPF one all year long, indoor, outdoor, in the summer, winter, sunny or rainy days because it’s already a habit for me. But the choice is yours to pick. 😉 One thing to remember: no sun defense can blocks all the UV rays totally so you still have to be careful not staying too long in the sun or wear other protection such as a hat, sun glasses or a thin vest.