How to Select the Best Sunscreen: A Comprehensive Guide

Choosing the right sunscreen is crucial for protecting your skin from harmful UV rays, preventing sunburn, and reducing the risk of skin cancer. With so many options available, it can be overwhelming to find the best one for your needs. This guide will help you navigate the key factors to consider when selecting a sunscreen.
What types of sunscreen are available?
1. Chemical sunscreens are a thin liquid formula. They absorb light, convert it into heat, and expel it from the skin. And often have skin care benefits such as moisturizing and anti-aging.

2. Physical sunscreens generally use mineral ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to block and reflect the sun's rays. The texture of this type of sunscreen is mild and will not irritate the skin. It is suitable for pregnant women, sensitive and acne-prone skin types.

3. The third sunscreen is a combination of chemical and physical filters designed to achieve the benefits of both.
Which SPF is right for you?
Understand SPF Ratings

SPF (Sun Protection Factor) indicates the level of protection a sunscreen offers against UVB rays, which cause sunburn. Here’s a breakdown of SPF levels:

• SPF 15: Blocks about 93% of UVB rays
• SPF 30: Blocks about 97% of UVB rays
• SPF 50: Blocks about 98% of UVB rays

For most people, SPF 25 to 30 is suitable for daily use, providing a good balance of protection and ease of application. If you work outdoors, exercise or travel, you need SPF 50 sunscreen.

Broad-Spectrum Protection

Look for sunscreens labeled broad-spectrum, which means they protect against both UVA and UVB rays. UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin and contribute to premature aging and skin cancer.

In the past, the American medical community suggested that a good sunscreen product (especially for UVA1 sunscreen) must be able to protect the critical wavelength above 370nm. The higher the critical wavelength of sunscreen products, the stronger the protection against UVA1. A product whose critical wavelength exceeds 370nm represents at least a certain effect on UVA1 protection. If it reaches the critical wavelength above 380mm, it is an advanced sunscreen. The larger the value, the greater the sunscreen breadth.
How to choose physical or chemical sunscreen ?
Choosing between physical and chemical sunscreen depends on various factors such as your skin type, skin sensitivities, and personal preferences. Here's a breakdown to help you decide:

Physical Sunscreen:

  • Ingredients: Physical sunscreens use minerals like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These minerals sit on the skin's surface and physically block and scatter UV rays.

  • Protection: They provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

  • Gentleness: Generally, physical sunscreens are gentler on sensitive skin because they don't penetrate the skin. They're less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions.

  • Immediate Efficacy: They start working as soon as they're applied, providing immediate protection.

  • Suitable For: Ideal for sensitive skin types.

Chemical Sunscreen:

  • Ingredients: Chemical sunscreens contain organic compounds like oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, and octinoxate. These compounds absorb UV radiation and convert it into heat, which is then released from the skin.

  • Protection: They also provide broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

  • Cosmetic Appeal: They tend to be lighter and easier to spread on the skin, making them more aesthetically pleasing for everyday use. They're less likely to leave a white cast on the skin.

  • Absorption Time: Chemical sunscreens need about 20 minutes to be absorbed into the skin before they start working effectively.

  • Suitable For: It can be used on normal skin. Sensitive skin must do a skin test first.

Reapplication and Usage Tips
  • Use after daily skin care during the day and before makeup. Dermatologists recommend that the amount of sunscreen applied to the entire face in a single application should reach 2.0mg/cm2 (i.e. 1ml. The amount is about two to three squeezes)
  • Reapply every two hours, or more often if swimming or sweating.
  • Don't forget overlooked areas: Ears, neck, and feet. 

Selecting the right sunscreen involves considering SPF, broad-spectrum protection, and the right formulation for your skin type and lifestyle. By understanding these factors, you can better protect your skin from the sun's harmful effects and maintain healthy, youthful skin. Remember, consistent application and reapplication are key to effective sun protection. Make sunscreen a daily habit, and enjoy the outdoors safely!
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HD Ultra-light Hydrating Sunscreen Essence SPF50
This ultra-light sunscreen essence with broad spectrum UVA/UVB filters provides long lasting hydration for the face without irritation. This advanced formula contains vitamin c , hyaluronic acid and chamomilla recutita flower extract, which work together to moisturize, soothe, and help restore the protective skin barrier.
  • Prevents appearance of dark spots
  • Hydrating and lightweight formula
  • Free of parabens, MI/MCI, alcohol , colorant and fragrance
  • Non-comedogenic
  • Hypoallergenic
  • For all skin types
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