Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Tips for What to Look For in Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin

Have you used sunscreen, even those labeled as sunscreen for sensitive skin, only to have it look like a white paste and burn you skin? Unless you're an expert or have tried many of the ones from shelves full of options of sunscreens, how do you decide which to use?  With sensitive skin, UVA and UVB rays can cause problems if you use the wrong sunscreen.
  • Oily, thick lotions may cause acne breakout
  • Ingredients such as oxybenzone (chemical sun blocker) can irritate your skin
  • Fragrances and other harsh ingredients may trigger allergic reactions
Physical Versus Chemical Sun Block
Physical sunscreens deflect or block the sun's rays to protect your skin.  They are better tolerated by most skin types, including sensitive skin.  Some may be thick and hard to apply.  Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are examples of 'physical sun blockers'. The F.D.A. has rated these two ingredients as the most effective broad spectrum and safest of sun blocks.

On the other hand, chemical sunscreens absorb the sun's rays.  The problem with chemical sunscreens is that not all are stable chemically.  This means they can cause allergic reactions and be more irritating to skin, especially sensitive skin.  The other problem is that chemical sun blockers release free radicals.  Free radicals can age the skin and may cause other health problems.  Chemical sunscreens are also known as 'organic sunscreen', however, they have nothing in common with the typical natural products use of the word 'organic'.  Chemical sunscreens include:
  • Octylcrylene
  • Avobenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Homosalate
  • 4-MBC
  • Mexoryl SX and XL
  • Tinosob S and M
  • Uvinul T 150
  • Uvinum A Plus
Best Sunscreen for Sensitive Skin
When you're looking to buy the best sunscreen for your family, including sunscreen for sensitive skin for kids, look for the following:
  1. Zinc oxide, and titanium dioxide
  2. Noncomedogenic, which means it won't clog pores.
  3. Free of botanicals and herbal extracts - many are sprayed with pesticides, even organic ones, can also cause allergic reactions
  4. Lightweight, so you can use under makeup
Physical sunscreens are typically hard to find on store shelves, or they may be combined with chemical sunscreen ingredients.  The best sunscreen for sensitive skin is from Cleure.  It has all the benefits listed above and is suited for all ages.  It's also excellent as the best sunscreen for sensitive  skin for kids.

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