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Tried & Tested Ways to Choose A Sunscreen For Your Skin Type

Tried & Tested Ways to Choose A Sunscreen For Your Skin Type

If you have been on social media, there’s no surprise you have been pestered by dermatologists, influencers, brands (guilty & proud) & your skincare-obsessed friend about the importance of sunscreens. It’s a no-brainer that protection from harmful sun rays is the key to healthy & good-looking skin. Without it, your routine is incomplete & some products will do you worse than good.

But with so many brands available in the market, each with a different variant, it’s easy to get clueless with sunscreen jargon. So, here’s a quick guide to help you shop for your dream sunscreen this summer.

What are the different types of sunscreens available in the market?


What makes a good sunscreen?

  1. It provides broad-spectrum protection from UVA, UVB & PA++ rays.
  2. SPF should be 30 or higher. Though SPF 30 protects us from 97% of rays, most of us don’t apply enough. Hence choosing an SPF 50 or higher is better.
  3. The sunscreen should be waterproof, so it does not wear from water or sweat.
  4. It should have board-approved filters to provide consistent protection.

How to select a sunscreen for your skin type?

Now that you know the basics, it is easier to understand which sunscreen your skin will love!

1. Dry Skin: Opt for a sunscreen with hydrating and moisturizing ingredients. This will help prevent dryness and flakiness.
2. Oily Skin: While you can choose either physical or chemical, people with oily skin should choose water or gel-based mattifying sunscreens. We also recommend skipping moisturizer in the morning to avoid getting too oily.
3. Darker Skin: It is harder to find a physical screen for a darker screen that won’t leave a white cast. Hence go for a chemical or hybrid to avoid looking like chalk.
4. Sensitive Skin: Chemical sunscreen might aggravate and tingle your sensitive skin. Hence opt for a physical sunscreen as it doesn’t get absorbed into the skin. Avoid sunscreen with alcohol, fragrances, oxybenzone, para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA), salicylates, and cinnamates.
5. Acne-prone: Just like sensitive skin, some formulas can worsen your acne. Look for a non-comedogenic formula if you are acne-prone.
6. Normal: You can choose any sunscreen that gives you broad-spectrum protection and is water-resistant. Go for a formula that's most loved by your skin!

Happy Sunscreen Shopping! 🌞


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