What Kind of Sunscreen Should You Be Using this Summer?
Daily sun protection is critical if you want to keep your skin healthy and youthful, but what kind of sunscreen should you be using?
Sunscreen typically falls into one of two categories: chemical and physical/mineral. Though both types help to protect the skin from the damaging effects of sun exposure, they differ in the way they do so by their active ingredients.
The active ingredients in chemical sunscreen absorb UV rays and then, through a chemical reaction, convert them into heat that is released from the skin.
Physical sunscreen uses mineral reflectors, such as zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which act as physical blockers, creating a protective barrier on the skin that reflect the sun’s harmful UV rays before they come in contact with the skin’s surface.
Mineral based sunscreens are our go-to in warm, sunny weather because of the many benefits that ingredients like zinc oxide provide. Aside from the reflective barrier that it forms to protect the skin from sun damage, it does so much more!
In summer heat, zinc keeps the skin cool and allows it to breathe by reflecting heat and energy, making mineral sun care especially beneficial in reducing inflammation for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. In fact, zinc oxide is often used as an ingredient in acne treatments as it effectively inhibits bacterial growth that causes acne and regulates sebum production. It also has astringent properties that minimize the appearance of enlarged pores that often appear in oilier skin types.
Not only is zinc oxide a beneficial ingredient for oily or acne-prone skin, it also helps tremendously to treat aging skin as it supports collagen production.
Of course, we know that sun exposure is the leading cause of premature aging, so it goes without saying that any sort of sun protection is important in keeping skin looking youthful, but zinc oxide goes one step further in reversing the already existing visible signs of aging.
Collagen, the essential protein for keeping skin toned, plump, and elastic is broken down and destroyed by free radicals, which are exposed to the skin via sun damage. Zinc actually serves as a co-factor in collagen synthesis by activating the protein collagenase, which triggers collagen production in order to build and repair connective tissue, like your skin.
Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic, mineral sunscreens contain anti-inflammatory properties that make them gentle enough to protect even the most sensitive skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
The ingredients in mineral sun protection do not pose a threat to our planet’s delicate coral reefs so they are an ideal, eco-friendly choice for beachgoers and travelers visiting oceanside resorts.