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What Is the Best Sunscreen for Your Skin Type?

As you may already know, you need to wear sunscreen every day and year-round, even when the sun isn’t out. UV rays have been proven to be the leading cause of skin cancer and aging skin. But how do you know which sunscreen is the best for your skin type?

First off, there are two types of sunscreen, chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreen contains ingredients such as avobenzone and oxybenzone, absorbs UV light so it cannot penetrate the skin and needs about 30 minutes to start working. Physical sunscreen contains titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide, “bounces” sunlight off your skin, starts protecting immediately after application.

  • Acne-prone skin: Look for products labeled non-comedogenic. Physical sunscreens are best for acne-prone skin because they can actually help fight acne. When picking a sunscreen, try to avoid coconut oil, octyl stearate, and isopropyl palmitate.
  • Normal-to-Oily: Pick a lightweight or gel sunscreen if you have oily skin. Instead of reapplying every hour, you can also purchase a powder sunscreen to lay on top of your skin to absorb oil. Don’t replace normal sunscreen with a powder sunscreen though. The powder is simply there to help oil, it won’t provide enough protection alone.
  • Sensitive-Dry: Before you apply sunscreen, apply a moisturizer on top. Avoid any sunscreen that contains alcohol, because after you’ve reapplied countless, your skin will be even dryer than before you applied. Try heavy, cream-based lotions and make sure your moisturizer has SPF.  
  • Combination: Tailor your sunscreen usage to the condition your skin is in the day of. If you’re on the drier side that day, try one that is a richer formula to lock in moisture. If your skin is rather oily, do a light-weight SPF.
  • Darker Skin Tones: While darker skin tones have natural protection from the sun, it’s not 100% safe. You should still be applying sunscreen to combat aging and protection from skin cancer. Choose a sunscreen based on your skin type above, especially if you’re in the sun for a long period of time.

What’s Your Skin Type?

We all know the best way to keep ourselves looking young is to take care of our skin and beginning a routine as soon as you can. But how do you know what kind of skin you have and how do you know what you need to keep it looking youthful? This simple quiz will help you find out what kind of skin you have, what you need to do to keep it looking great and allow you to live up to your best potential!

Your skin type will all be affected by a multitude of things, but keep these three in mind: how sensitive your skin is, how much water is in your skin (not how much you drink, but how much water is absorbed to help elasticity) and oil (which effects softness).

1. Normal:

Normal skin is in between dry and oily. This is the skin type we all strive to have.

  • Glowing complexion
  • Barely visible pores
  • Few or no imperfections or blemishes
  • Unsensitive

2. Combo:

Combination skin can be oily in some areas, like your T-zone, and then dry in others, like on your cheeks or neck. This is the most common skin type.  

  • Normal sized pores
  • Blackheads
  • Shine or oil

3. Dry:

Your skin is very dry and tight. It can crack, peel and itch. This skin type can also be confused for a sensitive skin type but doesn’t necessarily mean you have sensitive skin.

  • Red patches
  • Dull, tough complexion
  • Invisible pores
  • Wrinkles and fine lines more visible

*Keep in mind, dry skin can be caused by weather, UV rays, your genes, hormonal changes and even other skincare products you’re using, like your makeup.

4. Oily:

Oily skin can be prone to acne and blemishes, have major shine at the end of a day and have a hard time keeping makeup in place without proper primers.

  • Large pores
  • Shiny, thick complexion
  • Blemishes, blackheads, imperfections and even acne

*Keep in mind, oily skin can be caused by weather (extreme heat or humidity), puberty or hormonal changes and stress.

5. Sensitive:

Your skin is very red and rough. You have a hard time finding product that doesn’t cause irritation or allergic reactions.

  • Redness
  • Itchiness
  • Dry
  • Burning sensation after product application