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Everybody’s skin is unique. So what works for one person or even a large group of people might not work for you. So how do you choose a sunscreen that’s best for your face? Here are a few tips that will work for all skin types.
Choose a sunscreen that uses mainly physical UV blockers like Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. These are mineral-based and don’t penetrate the upper layers of the skin. They are much less likely to cause allergies or reactions when compared to chemical UV filters, especially for those with sensitive skin.
If possible, select a sunscreen that offers a good level of UVA (PA) protection, such as PA+++ and above. The SPF rating measures UVB protection but very often UVA protection is missed out. UV-A rays are present throughout the day and even pass through glass windows. So good UVA protection is a must, even for those with darker skin tones.
For those with sensitive skin, it is a good idea to select a sunscreen with a minimum number of additional actives and other ingredients. The more number of actives in a formula, the harder it is to pinpoint the cause of any reactions you might experience.
For those with oily, acne-prone skin, sunscreens with protective, antibacterial ingredients such as sandalwood can help prevent acne.
To summarize, be it oily skin, combination skin, and especially sensitive skin, you can’t go wrong with a physical sunscreen.
To know more, read our blog on the different types of sunscreen, and choose what’s best for you!