Getting to know your sunscreen
Sunscreen is an essential part of any summer beauty routine. With so many different sunscreen options available on the market, it can be difficult to determine which one is the best choice. This article takes a look at the different sunscreen options available, their benefits, and how to choose the right one for you.
#1 Mineral Sunscreen
One of the most popular sunscreen types is physical sunscreen, also known as mineral sunscreen. Physical sunscreens are made with natural ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which create a physical barrier on your skin that blocks out the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. Physical sunscreen is often preferred by those with sensitive skin, as it is less likely to irritate than other sunscreen types. It is also reef safe, meaning it won’t harm the environment when you’re at the beach or swimming in the ocean.
To try: SW1 Umbrella UV-Protection & Light-Diffusing Cream, 30g SGD48.60
#2 Chemical Sunscreen
Chemical sunscreens are another popular option. These sunscreens are made with synthetic ingredients like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octinoxate, and homosalate, which absorb the sun’s UV rays and convert them into heat, rather than blocking them out. Chemical sunscreens are not reef safe, so if you’re swimming in the ocean or at the beach, stick to physical sunscreens.
To try: Supergoop! Unseen Sunscreen, 50ml SGD62
#3 Organic Sunscreen
Organic sunscreens are becoming more popular as well, as they are made with natural and organic ingredients like beeswax, cocoa butter, and shea butter. These ingredients create a barrier on your skin that helps protect you from the sun’s UV rays. Organic sunscreens are a great choice for those with sensitive skin, as they are less likely to irritate or cause a reaction.
To try: Babo Botanicals, Baby Skin, Mineral Sunscreen Lotion, 89ml SGD28.36
When choosing a sunscreen, it’s important to consider your skin type and the amount of sun exposure you’ll be getting. For those with sensitive skin or who will be out in the sun for extended periods of time, a physical sunscreen is the best choice. For those with normal skin who are looking for a lighter, more comfortable sunscreen, a chemical sunscreen may be the way to go. And for those looking for a more natural sunscreen option, an organic sunscreen is the perfect choice.
No matter which sunscreen you choose, make sure to apply it generously and reapply every two hours for maximum protection. With the right sunscreen and a few simple steps, you can have fun in the sun this summer and stay safe from UV rays.