Skin Care

Best Sunscreens for Different Skin Types

Whether you’re a skincare newbie or an avid enthusiast, everyone is aware of the importance of sunscreens by now. It protects your skin from harmful UV rays and prevents sun-induced damage like sunburn, age spots, and more. But are you getting the desired results from what you thought is the best sunscreen for you? Did you check if that type of sunscreen can be considered an ideal or best sunscreen for dry skin or oily skin? And most importantly, did you know there are different types sunscreens out there? Allow us to answers all these queries and more to help you make better and informed choices. From picking the best sunscreen for oily skin and dry skin to understanding the various types, we’ve covered it all in this guide. So, read on and gear up to combat harmful sun rays bravely.

Different types of sunscreens

Sunscreens contain active ingredients that build protective UV filters and prevent harmful sun rays from entering the skin. Thus, sunscreens protect you from harmful UV rays, reduce sunburn, delay premature skin ageing, and reduce the risk of skin cancer. However, there is a considerable difference in these filtration mechanisms, which leads to the segregation of sunscreen types. Essentially, there are two types of sunscreens - physical sunscreen or mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Let’s discuss these types of sunscreens in detail:

Physical sunscreen

Also known as Mineral sunscreen, this type of formulation positions itself on the outermost layer of the skin and acts as a physical barrier by diverting sun rays, much like tiny mirrors. Physical or mineral sunscreens can directly block sun rays at the surface level, thus providing optimal protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Mineral sunscreens usually contain active ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc dioxide, or a combination of the two. Since mineral sunscreens act as a physical blocker, their power activates as soon as they are applied to the skin. Hence, you need to wait for it to absorb into the skin before stepping out under the sun. This type of sunscreen needs to be frequently applied and may leave a whitish cast on your skin.

Chemical sunscreen

Unlike physical sunscreens, chemical sunscreens penetrate into the deeper layers of the skin. They work by absorbing the UV rays and converting them into heat before releasing them from the skin.

This type of sunscreen contains active ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octocrylene, octisalate, homosalate, avobenzone, or combinations. Your skin may not get protection against all types of UV rays as these rays need to enter deeper layers to reach and activate the chemical ingredients present in this type of sunscreen.

Chemical sunscreens take approximately 20 minutes to exert its power so you must apply it 20 minutes prior to going outdoors.

Different types of sunscreens according to skin types

To reap the maximum benefits of sunscreen, you need to find the right match for your skin type. Listed below are sunscreens suitable for different skin types. Read ahead to analyse each type and choose the best sunscreen for your skin type:

Sunscreen for oily skin

Oily skin types have overactive sebaceous glands that produce excessive sebum, resulting in a greasy and shiny skin surface. Hence, while looking for the best sunscreen for oily skin, look for product that is non-greasy, helps mattify the skin, and extends oil-control benefits. We recommend you to use L’Oréal Paris UV Defender Serum Protector Sunscreen Matte and Fresh. This is one of the best sunscreens for oily skin as it is powered by SPF 50+ PA++++ broad spectrum and provides sun protection against UVA, UVB, and Long-Range UV. It also comes with an oil control ingredient called Airlicium that can soak 7x its weight in sebum to reduce shine and pore visibility within seconds.

Sunscreen for dry skin

Dry skin requires thorough hydration and nourishment. Hence, the ideal type of sunscreen for dry skin must contain hydrating agents that would help elevate the hydration levels in the skin. Our suggestion is L’Oréal Paris UV Defender Serum Protector Sunscreen Moist and Fresh. This is one of the best sunscreens for dry skin as it is infused with Hyaluronic acid that re-plumps the skin with moisture and gives superior protection against UVA, UVB, and Long-Range UV (Thanks to the combination of SPF 50+ PA++++).

Sunscreen for dull skin

Looking for the best sunscreen for dull skin? Try including L’Oréal Paris UV Defender Serum Protector Sunscreen Bright and Clear in your skincare routine. This sunscreen for dull skin combats dullness and corrects fine lines and dark spots. What’s more! Skin-brightening ingredients like Niacinamide present in this type of sunscreen instantly brighten skin while guarding it against UV rays. When it comes to finding the best sunscreen for dull skin, this one will not disappoint you.

Undoubtedly, the importance of sunscreens in the AM skincare routine is hard to ignore. This skincare step is non-negotiable and equally important like the rest of the primary steps such as cleansing, toning, and moisturising, and applying face serum. However, amidst this vast ocean of products available in the market, finding the best sunscreen that suits your skin can be a daunting task. Hopefully, this guide will now help you select what’s best for your skin.

So, go ahead and give your skin some much-needed TLC with a nourishing skincare routine and optimal sun protection by getting yourself the best sunscreen that suits your skin. Need help with building an effective skincare routine? Head to the L’Oréal Paris Skin Genius tool that helps analyse your skin like a pro and select the best-in-class solutions for your skin.

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