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Sunscreen 101: Identify The Different Types Of Sunscreen And Choose The Right One

So, you are looking for sunscreen to prevent sun-induced damage like sunburn, age-spots, and more during summer. But which type of sunscreen would efficiently cater to your needs? And do you even know what are the different types of sunscreens out there? Essentially, there are two types of sunscreens - physical sunscreen/ mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen. Additionally, you will also find various types of sunscreens based on different skin types. Amidst this vast ocean of products available in the market, finding your sunscreen buddy can be a daunting task. Fret not, as we are here to help you out. Here, we have provided a detailed guide on different types of sunscreens and the best products for your skin type. So, read on and gear up to combat harmful sun rays bravely this summer.

Different types of sunscreens

Do you know how sunscreens work on the skin? 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. The two types of sunscreens are as follows:

Physical sunscreen / Mineral sunscreen

Mineral sunscreens position themselves on the outermost layer of the skin and act as a physical barrier by diverting sun rays, much like tiny mirrors. As physical sunscreen or mineral sunscreens directly block sun rays at the surface level, they can provide 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 end 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 for different skin types:

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 sunscreen for oily skin, you must check whether the product 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 sunscreen for oily skin 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.

UV Defender Serum Protector Sunscreen Matte and Fresh 50ml

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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. Infused with Hyaluronic acid, this sunscreen for dry skin 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++++).

UV Defender Serum Protector Sunscreen Moist and Fresh 50ml

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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.

UV Defender Serum Protector Sunscreen Bright and Clear 50ml

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Undoubtedly, sunscreens form an integral part of the AM skincare routine. You can’t skip this staple skincare product in any season, especially summers. So, whether you are traveling to the office or heading to a beach or mountains for a vacation, don’t forget to apply sunscreen and reapply it as and when required. Sunscreens are crucial and non-negotiable in any skincare routine, just like the other primary steps like cleansing, toning, and moisturising, and applying face serum. So, go ahead and give your skin some much-needed TLC with a nourishing skincare routine and optimal sun protection. Need help with building your skincare routine? Head to the L’Oréal Paris Skin Genius tool that helps analyse your skin like a pro and choose what’s best for your skin.

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