This Is The Sunscreen Secret Your Dermatologist Didn’t Tell You About
Sunscreen is quite possibly the most essential step in any skincare routine. From preventing premature aging to protecting your skin from developing cancer, a proper barrier from the Sun is key. We have plenty of different sunscreens in our skincare shop at Dr. Longwill’s office, but our custom Super Sheer Spray Sunscreen is one of our favorites. Although it’s a sunscreen for sensitive skin, we highly recommend it for any skin type.
What You Need in a Sunscreen
To understand the essentials of a great sunscreen, you first have to understand why sunscreen is so important. In short, the Sun emits ultraviolet radiation, which is categorized into UVA and UVB waves. While UVB rays are partially absorbed into the ozone layer and can burn your skin, UVA rays aren’t absorbed into the ozone layer at all and age your skin. Regardless of their differences, both types cause skin cancer, so it’s imperative that you pick out a sunscreen that is labeled as “Broad Spectrum,” which protects against UVA and UVB rays.
Sun Protection Factor (SPF) is another key component of sunscreen, as it indicates how effectively the formula limits UVB exposure, therefore the more SPF, the better. After looking into these two main elements of your sunscreen, you should lean towards sunscreens that are water-resistant or waterproof. While both are better than sunscreens that don’t have either, water-resistant products usually lose their SPF after about forty minutes coming into contact with water, while waterproof ones lose their SPF after ninety minutes.
Whether you’re spending a day at the beach or running a marathon, sweat and water will wash off your sunscreen, so pick one that will combat that. Reapplying sun protection throughout the day is still necessary, no matter what sunscreen you have, but our Super Sheer Spray Sunscreen has all of these benefits that you need in sunscreen for sensitive skin or any other skin type.
The secret you might not know about, though, is how essential the active ingredients in sunscreen are when it comes to your skin type. Absorbing ingredients in sunscreens work by simply absorbing the UV rays and stopping them from touching your skin. These ingredients include parasol and benzophenones, and the products that have them are known as chemical sunscreens. On the other hand, reflecting chemicals in sunscreens reflect the UV rays and bounce them outwards away from the skin. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are some common, reflecting ingredients, and products with them are known as physical sunscreens. Depending on your skin’s reactions to different active ingredients, you can decide which one is best, but reflecting components tend to be better for sensitive skin. Again, our Super Sheer Spray Sunscreen is a perfect sunscreen for sensitive skin because it’s composed of 12% micronized zinc oxide, a reflecting ingredient.
What You Don’t Need in a Sunscreen
Unfortunately, too many sunscreens out there include a lot of things you don’t need, which can cause negative reactions in your skin. This includes but is not limited to oils, fragrances, parabens, and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), which are all especially important to avoid if you have sensitive skin. Our custom Super Sheer Spray Sunscreen doesn’t have any of these harmful ingredients, which is why it’s ideal for anyone trying to find a sunscreen for sensitive skin.
The sunscreen is also weightless, doesn’t leave a residue or white cast, and it’s non-comedogenic, meaning it won’t clog your pores. However, we do add green tea, vitamin C, Resveratrol, Co-Q10, and Emblica because of their free-radical-fighting properties as antioxidants.
Before you try out any of our amazing sunscreens, we encourage you to stop by our office and get our personalized recommendation just for you! Through having a consultation with our experienced and qualified dermatologists, you can start using the best sunscreen for your skin. For a limited time, all of our custom, Dr. Longwill sunscreens, are 20% off, so head over to our online shop as soon as you can!