WHY WEARING SUNSCREEN IS A MUST
Sunscreens help prevent sunburn: the first cause of skin damage!. It starts at the earliest age in life and sunscreen should always be applied on infants. It is scientifically proven that sunscreen decreases the risk of skin cancer. Sunscreen also prevents early skin aging caused by the sun, when also used with other sun protection measures.
BEST SUNSCREEN TO PICK
Sunscreens SHOULD be formulated with transparent zinc oxide and noncomedogenic, sensitivity-free, fragrance-free and paraben-free.
SPF 30 OR SPF 50?
SPF stands for Sun Protection Factor, and the number beside it indicates how well the sunscreen protects skin against sunburn. A sunscreen with SPF 30 will protect you from around 96.7% of UV rays, whereas an SPF of 50 means protection from about 98% of UV rays. Anything beyond SPF 50 makes little difference in terms of risk of sun damage, and no sunscreens offer 100% protection from UV rays. That is why wearing a hat, sunglasses, and protective clothes are also necessary so as to avoid damaging your skin from the sun.
BUT PHYSICAL OR CHEMICAL SUNSCREEN? WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE?
The two most common types of sunscreen are chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens create a barrier on the skin that filter out UV rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb and scatter the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Physical sunscreens are sometimes called sun blocks. They use mineral-based ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to block UV rays. Physical sunscreens work by staying on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. Physical Sunscreen offers protection from both UVA and UVB ray, is safe for use on babies and during pregnancy. Your skin is protected from the sun as soon as it is applied; no need to wait before heading outdoors, but physical sunscreens have to be reapplied. They are less likely to irritate sensitive skin and better for those prone to heat-activated skin conditions such as acne or rosacea-prone skin.
Chemical sunscreens, also sometimes called organic sunscreens, contain chemical compounds that absorb UV rays. These chemical compounds include formulas like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. These chemicals change UV rays into heat, from which is then released from the skin and scattered, therefore it is not recommended for acne or rosacea-prone, or irritated skin. However, their formulation is thinner and spreads on the skin like a lotion, making it ideal for daily use.
WHAT I, BRIGITTE BEASSE, SKIN CARE EXPERT, RECOMMEND TO MY CLIENTS:
“When my clients have a normal to dry, sensitive, broken out skin, I highly direct them to get a physical sunscreen, like the Bio Jouvance 50+ daily moisturizer which formulation contains all the ingredients to protect and treat their skin with key vitamins and hyaluronic acid“.
"However oilier skin tends to tolerate oil free chemical sunscreen better, such as the Oil Free Glo 40+ Daily moisturizing sunscreen. Oil free chemical sunscreens act only when UV rays are in contact to the skin. Their chemicals transform the UV rays into heat. So, they feel less heavy on oily skin as they do not require to be reapplied frequently. Glo tinted SPR 30+ are also ideal as a daily make-up coverage, with thin make-up particles that do not clog pores".