Sunscreen 101: Because There is No Excuse Not To Wear It
We get it: Slathering your face everyday with something that may cause a negative reaction is anything but pleasant. However, the long term damage of not wearing sunscreen is far worse than whatever short term damage may be caused by the formula. Before we start sounding preachy, let’s just get right to it and acknowledge the fact that if you’re avoiding wearing sun protection for fear of irritating your face, you’re probably just using the wrong formula!
Renée Rouleau, celebrity esthetician and founder of Renée Rouleau Skin Care Collection, is here to help us get this straight once and for all.
Beauty Banter: What types of sunscreen should be used on various skin types?
Renée Rouleau: For acne-prone skin type, I recommend physical sunscreen as it’s less likely to clog pores and irritate the skin. Sensitive skin-types and those prone to rosacea should use strictly physical sunscreens to minimize risk of irritation.
BB: Lots of sunscreens can cause breakouts—ugh. Any advice?
RR: Choose a sunscreen formula with Zinc Oxide. Of all the categories of skin care products, sunscreens are the most likely to cause negative skin reactions on the skin, but the good news
is there have been a lot of advancements in sun protecting ingredients. The Renée Rouleau Daily Protection SPF 30 is ideal because it offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB sun protection that is lightweight and completely greaseless.
BB: What is the difference between physical and chemical anyways?
RR: Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are often referred to as physical blockers.
Chemical sunscreens contain organic (carbon-based) compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin.
BB: Should a stronger face wash be used at the end of the day to make sure that sunscreen is removed?
Here are some of our favorites:
For sunscreen haters: Tatcha Pore Perfecting Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 35 ($68)
For multi-tasking: Supergoop! Anti-Aging City Sunscreen Serum ($42)
For dry or irritated skin: First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Pure Mineral Sunscreen ($30)
For coverage: MDSolarSciences Mineral Tinted Creme SPF 30 ($32)
For on-the-go touchups: COOLA Suncare Classic Face Makeup Setting Spray ($36)
-Casey Sharbaugh is the blogger behind www.comfortablycasey.com