Want to know the secret to keeping your skin looking young forever? The answer lies in SUNSCREEN!
As we all know, SPF’s job is to prevent premature signs of aging, like wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, as well as reducing our risk of developing skin cancer. But, what most of us don’t know is what components in sunscreen actually make this possible, and this is key when looking to buy something that will be safe and reliable.
Sunscreen ingredients can be divided in two types: chemical blockers and physical blockers, and some brands have a blend of both. Chemical blockers are organic compounds (carbon containing) that work by absorbing the sun’s light rays and release the heat as energy. Avobenzone, oxybenzone, and octinoxate are a few examples. The downfall with chemical blockers is that they take about 20 minutes to start working after application, they can be extremely irritating to sensitive skin, and re-application needs to be done more consistently. The upside being that they easily spread onto the skin.
Physical blockers are inorganic compounds that work by deflecting light rays. Titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are examples. These are naturally broad spectrum, meaning they protect against both UVA (aging rays) and UVB (burning rays). They’re better for sensitive skin and rosacea, and they last much longer on the skin so you don’t have to keep re-applying. The downfall of physical blockers is they can leave a white film on the skin.
Any sunscreen is better than none at all, but using one with physical blockers I tend to recommend more.
My personal favorite for the body is one from Elta MD. It is a spray, full spectrum, water-resistant, SPF 45. Paraben free, fragrance free and noncomedogenic! Perfect coverage for a beach day. My favorite sunscreen for the face is by Suntegrity. It contains 20% zinc (unheard of!). It’s made with vegan, organic ingredients, infused with antioxidants, hyaluronic acid for hydration, algae for soothing, and their product is NON-NANO, meaning the particles are so small, they won’t enter the bloodstream.