Sunscreen, sun block, sun screen, blockout, sunburn lotion, suntan lotion, spf 10, 15, 30 sunscreen, and more…There is an array of sunscreen and sunscreen brands available today, but how do you know what is the best sunscreen for you?
Choosing the right sunscreen lotion is important. In fact, most skin care experts agree that a sunscreen is the most important part of your skin care routine.
This is because most signs of aging are caused by exposure to UV rays. This exposure occurs not just during intentional sun exposure, but also during unintentional exposure, such as on a cloudy day of when you’re in the car.
At Cosmetics By Sia, we have years of experience in the skin care industry and offer our clients the most effective, chemical free sunscreens to prevent the signs of premature aging.
To find out more about sunscreens, read a sunscreen review, or find out about potentially harmful sunscreen ingredients, contact us now, or keep reading!
Facts about sunscreen lotions
The sunscreen facts: There are two different types of sun screens available, physical sunscreens and chemical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens protect your skin by physically deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays.
Physical sunscreens, often called zinc sunscreen or titanium dioxide sunscreen, contain natural mineral elements found in the earth, such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide.
Chemical sunscreens, often known as sun tan lotion or sunscreen lotions, contain chemicals such as octylcrylene, avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, oxybenzone, homosalate, mexoryl, tinosorb, uvinul and more.
At Cosmetics By Sia, we recommend our clients use all natural, physical ‘sun screen’ to protect their skin from UV rays. This non-comedogenic sunscreen is suitable for sensitive skin and is broad spectrum sunscreen, meaning it blocks out UVA and UVB rays. We recommend physical sunscreen with zinc oxide for a number of reasons:
- The chemicals in chemical sunscreens can cause a skin allergy, are highly irritating to the skin, can block the pores, and can deposit dark pigment into the dermis after long-term use.
- Some chemicals are not photostable – meaning they become unstable upon exposure to light. Avobenzone, a chemical in many sunscreens, is notoriously unstable when exposed to light. This means your high spf sunscreen, even a sunscreen 30, could end up being significantly weaker than it says.
- Natural minerals in a physical sun screen are non-irritating, are non-comedogenic (don’t block the pores) and have natural healing qualities, meaning they improve the quality of your skin and are perfect for use following cosmetic procedures.
Sunscreen should be worn daily to protect us from the harsh Australian sun. In short, look for: a high protection factor like an spf 30 sunscreen, a paba-free sunscreen, a UVA and UVB sunscreen, a hypoallergenic sunscreen and a natural sunscreen brand.
The best sunscreens
The best sun screen lotions are the natural ones, such as zinc oxide sunscreens. But all mineral sun screen lotion is not created equal and may contain hidden chemicals.
A good mineral sunscreen uses silica-coated nanonized zinc. This is because the zinc oxide in lesser sunscreens sometimes breaks down as we wear it. Nanonized titanium dioxide in some sunscreens can also be absorbed into our systems.
ChiralActivesShade is an all-natural, SPF 29+, zinc oxide sunscreen cream moisturiser that withstands sun exposure better than most sun blocks on the market. By far the most moisturising sun block lotion on the market, Shade provides excellent broad-spectrum sunscreen protection utilising silica-coated nanonized zinc. This is the safest of sunscreens because it does not break down, like uncoated zinc, and it does not absorb into our system like nanonized titanium.
Shade is a sunscreen for sensitive skin and protects better than most brands of sunscreen.
Ingredients in this sun screen lotion include: Zinclear, this nanotechnology makes this broad spectrum UV sunscreen more effective at lower doses, so the sun block is luxurious while protective; Liquid Crystals for moisturising and protecting; Shea Butter for a light moisturising effect and L-hyaluronic Acid, a potent natural moisturising factor.
Many people find they have an allergy to sunscreen, even after using sunscreen for sensitive skin, so much so they might not wear sun screen. But sun screen protection is important. To help choose from the array of sun lotions available, visit Cosmetics By Sia for the latest, most up to date advice, sunscreen reviews and sun protection products suitable for even the most sensitive skins. Contact us now!