While dealing with cranky and easily irritable sensitive skin, one can never be too careful while shopping for skincare. Even the most basic skincare products like moisturiser and toner need to be mild and patch-tested before use.
Did you know, you also need to pick the right sunscreen for your skin type? Yes, that’s right. In order to keep those flare-ups, rashes and sunburn at bay, you need to make sure to use a sunscreen that’s perfect for you. Here are some tips to keep in mind while picking a sunscreen for your sensitive skin.
Look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen
While UVA rays protects your skin from free radicals and keeps it from ageing prematurely, UVB rays helps prevent sunburn, tan and skin cancer. Since your skin is already sensitive and prone to cell damage, you need a sunscreen that protects you from both, UVA and UVB rays. So, get a sunscreen that promises broad-spectrum protection from the sun.
Pay attention to the SPF
To block maximum UV rays, pick a sunscreen with SPF of at least 30 or higher. SPF 30 blocks about 97% of UVB rays which causes sunburn and flushing while SPF 50 will help block 98% of UVB rays. Anything less than that, won’t really help your skin a great deal, especially if you’re out and about. Make sure you reapply your sunscreen every couple of hours for maximum and uninterrupted protection from the sun.
Stay away from toxic ingredients
The last thing you’d want is a sunscreen that stings, irritates or burns your skin while doing its job. Opt for a gentle formula with the right ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. They are best suited for sensitive skin and are also found in baby sunscreens. For sensitive skin especially, it is better to try and look for a sunscreen that doesn’t have aphelia and alcoholic ingredients in it. These toxic ingredients can cause allergies, rash and irritation to the skin. Check the ingredients properly and buy the one that’s dermatologically tested for your skin type.