I’ve mentioned zillions of times that I had melanoma several years ago, so never leave the house without wearing sunscreen. At first I simply looked at the SPF rating. Then I paid attention to how messy it was to apply and wear. Now I’m paying attention to how they work and what the possible downside is to different types. Not all sunscreens are created equal. Some need to be applied in different order to be effective. Trust me when I say, if it’s yucky to use, you just haven’t found the right one for you.
I used to love the chemical sunscreen. They sank into my skin, didn’t affect my foundation and never made me look like Casper The Ghost. Chemical sunscreens usually contain a mixture of two to six of these active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. They work beautifully. But don’t they sound scary?
I happily used them for years. Then I learned the active ingredients in chemical sunscreen are endocrine disruptors, shown to cause cancer. Great! I’m using something to prevent skin cancer and it’s potentially causing other cancers in my body.
Chemical sunscreens must be applied to your skin first. Even before your moisturizer because it needs to soak into your skin. They allow your skin to absorb the sun, and prevents the damage from inside. The problem is these get into your bloodstream and end up all over your body. Not my idea of a good thing.
Mineral sunscreen use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. They’re called physical, because they block the sun from absorbing into your skin. They get applied after your moisturizer has soaked in and before foundation or tinted foundation. They tend to be heavier and often feel greasy. They now come in tinted formula’s to cut down on the Ghost factor. It’s a matter of trial and error to find one you like. If it’s horrific on your face, use it up on your body and try something new until you find one you love and will use everyday.
My latest favorite is by Josie Maran. It seemed very heavy initially. But when I give it 10 – 15 minutes to soak in, it helps my tinted moisturizer go on smoother. My other new favorite is La Roche-Posay, Ultra Light Mineral fluid. Both of these are physical, so reflect the sun rays and do not contain endocrine disruptors.
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