“I just don’t want to see her face anymore.” I’m pretty sure you have heard such a comment before or you might have made one like that yourself. This does NOT mean the person will like to see other body parts of the person he/she spoke about. Rather, it means the one who made such a statement does NOT want to see the person at all. This shows that your face represents your person and how you take care of it matters. And one essential way you can do that is by using a sunblock face cream.
Why is a Sunblock Face Cream Essential?
Every day, the sun our primary source of energy releases heavy amounts of sunlight to sustain life on our planet. As much as we are grateful for this, this does NOT come without certain consequences.
Alongside the useful energy the sun produces, it also produces one that is harmful to our health. This energy is called Ultraviolet (UV) Rays. It can cause skin cancer, uneven skin coloration, aging signs (wrinkles, fine lines) and so on.
Regarding the visible aging signs we see on our faces, 90 percent responsibility is attributed to the sun’s UV rays. The amount of UV that passes through the earth’s protective layer is about 80 percent. This tells us that we need serious protection from such amounts of radiation daily.
There are three major radiations from the sun that damages our skin and health.
This type of sun radiation is one of the two types of Ultraviolet rays. UVA makes up 95% of the amount of UV rays that the earth receives.
Due to its long wavelength, it possesses the ability to penetrate the skin even as far as reaching the hypodermis. Its wavelength is so powerful that it passes through windows and even thick clouds; so you’re NOT completely safe indoors.
The intensity of UVA is not based on the season as most people might think. The sun might not be visible in the winter as in the summer, yet UVA intensity remains the same. Tanning is caused by the effects of UVA rays. It reduces the production of collagen in skin which leads to aging signs in the skin. It also causes skin cancer but NOT to the degree of the next radiation.
Unlike UVA, UVB has short wavelengths and only affects the surface of the skin. This does NOT mean they are NOT harmful. In fact, they cause the visible skin issues we experience such as skin-reddening andsunburn. Exposure to UVB overtime can also result into serious skin cancer. Although the intensity of UVA is constant, that of UVB has different levels based on time, season, latitude and altitude.
Your skin gets assaulted with daily sunlight and 55 percent of that light is infrared. This type of radiation can reach deepest layers of the skin such as the subcutaneous layer.
Seeing that we are faced with such dangers that try to damage our skin, necessary precaution must be taken. Your face, unlike other body parts that are covered with clothing, is always exposed so proper care is required.
A sunblock face cream will ensure your face is well protected from the sun’s harmful radiations.It sorts out the UV rays that are dangerous to our skin from the sunlight we receive.
It is important to mention that NOT all sunblock body cream is good for your face. The face is more delicate and sensitive compared to other parts of the body. So it is necessary you ensure your get a sunblock face cream for your face and NOT just any sunblock cream you find. Sunblock face creams are often prepared differently from sunblock body creams so they cater for the delicateness of your face.
Types of Sunblock
All sunblock products out there generally fall into one of the three types of sunblock. The three types of sunblock are mineral, chemical or synthetic and combination.
Mineral (Physical) Sunblock
This type of sunblock has titanium oxide and zinc oxide as its major ingredients that protect against the harmful UV rays. They mirror away those harmful UV radiations from the skin by staying on the skin’s surface.
Chemical (Synthetic) Sunblock
A chemical sunblock has at least a mixture of two of the following: homosalate, avobenzone, octisalate, octinoxate, octocrylene and oxybenzoe. These are the main ingredients that make up a chemical sunblock.
The difference between a mineral sunblock and a chemical sunblock is that the latter is absorbedinto your skin unlike the former. When in the skin, it then changes the rays into heat and non-harmful light.
As the name implies, this is a mixture of the two sunblock types that have been mentioned already. It combines the ingredients and the mode of action of both types in either equal or unequal degrees.
None of these types of sunblock is better than the other. This mindset should not make you pick one above the other. The needs of your facial skin should be the basis for your sunblock face cream purchase.
However it is important we give certain recommendations as regarding the sunblock types. For one who has acne or any of such skin irritations, it is recommended you buy a mineral sunblock face cream. Due to its nature of staying on the skin rather than penetrating, the probability of further irritations is greatly reduced.
As for the chemical and combined sunblock face cream, we recommend them for those who sweat a lot or are always on the go. Using these types will give you longer protection duration unlike if you use the mineral type. Since the cream will enter into the skin, the chances of sweating it off are greatly reduced.
Choosing a Sunblock Face Cream
In order to get a sunblock face cream that will offer adequate protection against the sun’s deadly radiation, you must do the following:
Know your skin type
This is about the most important of all things to do when going for a sunblock face cream. Your skin type determines what kind of sunblock face cream will be appropriate for you.
If your skin is dry, then you need ingredients such as lanolin, aloe vera, glycerin to be in your sunblock face cream. Stay away from alcohol.
Those with oily skin will do themselves a favor by looking for products that contain isododecane or silica.
Sensitive skin types will do well to get a sunblock face cream that has either titanium oxide or zinc oxide. Your product should be fragrance-free and hypoallergenic in nature. Avoid alcohol at all cost.
Go for a product with broad-spectrum
A product with broad-spectrum means that such a product has the ability to protect you from both UVA and UVB rays. This will ensure you don’t spend extra money on two products that will protect you from both types of radiation.
Choosing a sunblock face cream that only has SPF protection on its container means it protect alone against UVB.
Have a good knowledge of the ingredients in your potential sunblock face cream
It is essential that you do NOT pick just any sunblock face cream and dump it in your shopping cart. Rather, go through the ingredient list to find out what your product contains. Let’s give you a basic knowledge of some ingredients shall we?
This is a classic ingredient that effectively blocks UVA rays. It has been used for quite some time now that it was known as Parsol way back in 1789 wow. It can also be listed as Butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane. Despite its amazing results, it has a major shortcoming. When exposed to sunlight, avobenzone breaks down due to its unstable nature. Yet, you can still find it in recently formulated sunblock face creams in its stable state.
Ecamsule (Mexoryl SX)
When it comes to voting for an ingredient that can be termed ‘tested and trusted’, then emascule will win at the polls. This amazing UVA block has been approved by several regulatory bodies for public use. However, this ingredient can put a rip a large hole in your purse as it is pretty expensive. But if you do NOT mind spending some extra cash for a well deserved result then we strongly recommended emascule.
Zinc Oxide or Titanium Oxide
These magical twin ingredients have served us humans in our battle against UVA rays for quite some time now. These ingredients posed a problem in the past in that it made one look like a pale ghost. In this modern time, I know most people would NOT like to look like Casper the friendly ghost. However this problem now remains in the past as newer methods of formulation has brought about a permanent solution.
If you desire a toning and brightening of your skin even while you protect yourself from the sun, then you need Vitamin C. It also battles free-radicals that break up the skin which are more active when sunlight acts upon them.
This is a form of vitamin of B3 is helpful in battling breakouts due to its anti-inflammatory ability. Those with acne skin will benefit from this ingredient.
This patented ingredient is an oil that posses the ability to improve the stable state of other sunblock ingredients in your product. Ingredients like the unstable form of avobenzone can benefit from the addition of mexoplex.
Aloe Vera is also an anti-inflammatory ingredient that helps combat the sun’s radiation that brings about acne breakouts.
This ingredient offers your skin protection from the sun and also hydrates it in the process.
The following ingredients are powerful UVB blocks: Homostate, 4-methylbenzylidene camphor or 4-MBC, octyl salicylate or octisalate, homosalate and octylmethoxycinnamate. We know these ingredients can make you feel like you’re taking a chemistry class but you need to know them.
UVA and UVB blocks
There are certain ingredients that offer protection from both UVA and UVB rays. Let’s list just three of such below:
- Benzophenones (either dioxybenzone or oxybenzone)
- Methylene bis-benzotriazolyltetramethylbutylphenol also known as tinosorb M
- Bisoctrizole and bemotrizinol also known as tinosorb S.
Go for brands that you like
The truth is whatever you do NOT like, you do NOT like. No amount of patronizing from anyone will make you like a sunblock face cream if you do NOT like it. So get a sunblock face cream from a brand you like. That way you will feel happy to constantly use such.
Guideline to Ensure you get the Desired Results from your Sunblock Face Cream
- Apply your sunblock face cream after your moisturizer but before your makeup
- Use a sunblock face cream of at least SPF 15 if you’re NOT overly exposed to the sun. However for long exposure to the sun rays, a SPF 30 is best for you. Furthermore, if you’re light-skinned or you burn easily, a higher SPF like 50 can be applied. Nevertheless, a broad-spectrum sunblock face cream should be your first choice.
- Reapply your sunblock face cream at a regular interval of two hours.
- Using an insect repellent can affect the effectiveness of your sunblock face cream. An insect repellent that contains DEET has the possibility of reducing your sunblock result by one-third.
- Use a well sufficient amount. Most people do NOT use enough of their sunblock face cream and in the end they don’t get adequate protection. One teaspoon measure is the recommended amount to use.
- Apply your sunblock face cream when your skin is clean and dry.
- Ensure you put it on for about 15 to 30 minutes or you step out.
- There is no need to rub it vigorously because most sunblocks penetrates easily into the skin.
- Do NOT use a sunblock face cream that has exceeded its expiry date.
- Always shake your sunblock face cream before using it.
- The recommended temperature for your sunblock face cream should be below 30° Exposure to heat can reduce its effectiveness.
- Incorporate your sunblock face cream as part of your daily skincare routine. This way you will NOT forget to apply it daily. But remember, moisturizer first, sunblock then makeup.
Apart from using a sunblock face cream, you should also wear hats and sunglasses and stay in the shade as much as you can.
Caution: Although your sunblock face cream offers a good amount of protection from the sun’s radiation, it is NOT sufficient.Do NOT think that with sunblock, then you can stay all day in the sun. There’s a limit to the protection it can offer.
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