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Video: Which Sunscreen To Choose According To The Type Of Skin?
2023 Author: Lynn Laird | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 21:10
With summer officially here, it's high time to get busy with the final preparations before going on vacation. And if we think about it often when preparing the latter, sun protection for the face and hair is to be favored throughout the year, even in winter when we think that UV rays are not present and are not likely to disturb our skin health. But finally, which sunscreen to choose according to your phototype? What to apply in case of oily, combination or dry skin? And what to do to spend a well protected summer without pimples or sunburn? Let's go for a tailor-made skin diagnosis!
Which sunscreen to choose according to the type of skin?
If it is impossible to leave your home without your cell phone and keys, the happy owners of problematic skin (oily, combination, dry, acne) know that the same goes for their sunscreen! A little tan without suitable protection from the sun's rays (UVA, UVB and UVC) is enough to invite pimples and blemishes on your face in summer… not only. This is why, just like with everyday moisturizers, it is essential to find the one that will best protect you from the harmful effects of the sun, the one that is most suited to your complexion, your skin problems and needs. To give you a little helping hand, the editorial staff gives you their best choices in terms of sunscreen. There is something for every type of skin. Focus!
What sunscreen for dry or oily skin?
In the case of dry skin, the creamier the formula chosen, the better the dermis will be. If this is the case with you, it is better to invest in a sunscreen that is both moisturizing and creamy rather than a “dry touch” gel, which is generally more suitable for oily to normal skin. An SPF 50+ spray with a creamy texture will keep your skin soft and supple all year round. The only condition? Apply it fairly regularly. Oily skin, on the other hand, suffers the most in summer, when sweat forms pretty shiny patches on the forehead, cheeks and chin. So, this is the case that we opt for a light and mattifying oil-free formula.
Problematic and acne-prone skin
Those of you who have struggled or still struggle with acne are probably aware of the pain that follows after applying sunscreen to inflamed skin. So if you have an acne-prone face, know that choosing the right sunscreen is of crucial importance to prevent your pores from becoming clogged. The wrong sunscreen will not only clog them up, but can also trigger serious rashes. The same goes for the wrong anti-acne facial treatment! The word "non-comedogenic" is therefore the small detail to look for before going to the cash desks. This term is placed there to assure consumers that it is a sun protection that does not clog the pores. Being generally lighter, baby sunscreens are also very effective for problematic skin.
Mature skin and combination skin
In addition to limiting the risk of skin cancer, sunscreen also protects you from the first signs of aging, just like yoga exercises for the face. It is therefore important to choose an SPF 30 product rich in antioxidants (collagen and elastin) which will help you enormously in repairing damage caused by UV rays and the polluted environment. Combination skins, on the other hand, should opt for a sunscreen containing titanium dioxide and vitamin E, which in turn helps to improve the elasticity of the skin, even out the complexion and reduce inflammation.
The key criteria for choosing the right sunscreen
So which sunscreen index to choose? Spray, milk, oil, homemade sunscreen, mineral, chemical or organic, the range of sun products is truly impressive. Among the well-scented formulas, the more or less high indices and the extremely complete offer, one gets lost and does not know which cream to choose. In the din of key criteria to remember to ensure a vacation without sunburn, there is one particular that should not be skimped on: the protection index (IP), better known by the English abbreviation SPF (Sunburn Protection Factor). The different indices (or levels of protection) are therefore as follows:
- from 6 to 10 (weak)
- from 15 to 25 (medium)
- from 30 to 50 (high)
- from 50 to + (very high)
And the higher the index, the more protection of the sunscreen will be. This criterion becomes all the more important to take into consideration when choosing a sunscreen for babies and children.
Which sunscreen to choose for babies and children?
Although little ones should not be exposed to the sun until they are 4 years old, it is difficult, if not impossible, to keep them from leaving the parasol, especially when other children are playing next door. Protecting your child, regardless of age, with an organic SPF 50+ sunscreen, an anti-UV wetsuit and a hat is therefore a must! Because we know, the skin of babies and children is quite fragile and has nothing to do with our own. For the chosen protection to be optimal, it is necessary to renew the application every two hours, after swimming and a nap in the shade. Likewise, you have to be generous with the amount applied.
How to choose sunscreen according to skin tone and hair color?
Which sunscreen to choose according to your phototype? To find the best sun care for this summer, you need to know yourself well! Oily, combination, dry or acne-prone skin … in addition to the different skin types, there are also 6 phototypes. But what exactly is the phototype and why is it important when choosing a sunscreen? Indeed, it is a classification which distinguishes individuals according to the reaction of their skin to the action of the sun. In other words, the sunscreen used by a naturally red-haired woman has nothing to do with that suitable for black skin. We therefore take stock of the different phototypes and their characteristics in order to properly identify yours!
- Phototype 1 is the most sensitive to light. It includes white skin with redness that tends to burn and systematically sunburn. If your skin is too fair and you have difficulty tanning, you fall into the category in question. Exposing yourself to the sun is therefore strongly discouraged, while sun protection with an SPF 50+ is mandatory.
- Fair skin, on the other hand, belongs to phototype 2 and is characterized by a slow and light tan. So if you have a face and eyes that are too light, you often get sunburned and you tan too slowly, you must protect yourself from UV rays by wearing glasses, a hat and, of course, using sunscreen with SPF 50+.
- Your with fair skin, dark eyes and hair? Do you get sunburned from time to time, but you tan well? You are therefore phototype 3. Fairly common, it includes the intermediate skin where sunburn is occasional. It also requires high protection (SPF 30-50).
- Dark skin that tans easily is part of phototype 4, but with intense or prolonged exposure, the risk of burns is always present. An SPF 20-50 is recommended.
- Phototype 5 is characterized by dark hair, black eyes and brown skin that tans super easily without burns are rare. In this case, it is permissible to opt for an average SPF (15-25).
- Phototype 6 classifies women with brown hair, dark eyes and black skin who enjoy a super-fast tan without sunburn. Ladies of this phototype can also afford medium protection (15-25).
Which organic sunscreen to choose and why?
For us at Deavita.fr, the beauty routine most often rhymes with natural products that respect the environment. Thanks to organic sunscreen, it is already possible to sunbathe green and completely natural. But what is the difference between this and traditional sun care? Well, as you know, the main asset in all sunscreens that protects you from harmful UVA and UVB rays is filters. In non-organic creams, the latter are derived from petrochemicals and are therefore considered endocrine disruptors, while in certified organic care the filters are indeed minerals.
The use of harmful components such as parabens, preservatives and perfumes in the production of organic cosmetics is also banned. On the other hand, they contain natural ingredients that promote skin hydration, such as jojoba and coconut oil. As a bonus, they are easy to apply and leave no white marks. So how do you choose your organic cream? Just like with any traditional sunscreen, you choose it based on your skin type. So you take into consideration her phototype and do so if she is problematic. Fair skin or acne-prone skin can therefore favor tinted formulas for a healthy glow!
Sunscreen before or after makeup?
Finally, we take stock of two great beauty puzzles concerning sun protection and makeup: do we apply foundation first or sunscreen and how to renew the application once we have made up? The golden rule is to always clean your face well before applying the sun care, followed by the day care and the foundation. The best solution after makeup is the light mist formula that you can easily spray on the face without ruining anything. The only rule? Protect the eyes during application.