An Overview of the Blog:Ingredients To Look For In Sunscreen: Sunscreen is getting all the spotlight in the beauty industry recently! And it is confusing the users to choose the one out of bazillions of options for them. Of course, there are specific things that every sunscreen shopper is looking for: high SPF (30 or above), broad-spectrum, natural ingredients, chemical-free, and budget-friendly options. When you select your choice of sunscreen- it meets all your checklist but leaves you confused about the natural ingredients. Perhaps, it is because of the Latin names used or the names you never came across before. Some of the chemically-sounding names might take your shopping a step back. Which sunscreen should you buy? Gear yourself up for a quick walkthrough of the sunscreen ingredients so that you are not standing all weird and confused in the cosmetics aisle.
Important Ingredients In SunscreenYou’ve cleared the first step if you know what you are looking for!
When you compare sunscreens, you have to look for the terms: SPF, Broad Spectrum, PA rating Waterproof Formulation, Chemicals, and Nature-derived Ingredients. 1. SPF is one of the most important ingredients in sunscreen as it tells you about the efficacy of sunscreen to protect from the harmful rays of the sun. The higher the SPF, the higher it has the potency to protect you from the UVA rays. It is found that SPF 15 protects from UVA rays by 93% and SPF 45 protects from 97% whereas SPF 50 protects from 98% of the UVA rays. Depending upon your need, choose your SPF. 2. Broad Spectrum is another term that might be new. But, high SPF is not enough to battle the sun rays. Because SPF only caters to the UVA rays, what about UVB? The sunscreens that say ‘broad spectrum’ are the ones fighting the UVB rays, and you need it. Moreover, they also help in protecting the skin from the gadget rays or the blue light rays. Yes, gadget screens constantly emit blue light rays that enter the skin deeper and cause damage within. 3. PA rating is another factor to judge the efficiency of sunscreen. Sunscreen is rated with the number of “+” signs used. PA rating is a Japanese way of rating the UVA protection potency of sunscreen. However, you cannot be too sure about the protection, so look for broad-spectrum and play safe. 4. Waterproof formulation helps in keeping the sunscreen layer on the body longer if you are planning to take a dip in the water. Of course, no sunscreen is 100% waterproof but it definitely will give you a window of a few hours for you to reapply. Generally, the sunscreens are good to go for 2 hours, however, some brands can also come with a 4 hours protection with the natural SPF ingredients packed in the sunscreen. 5. Chemicals in sunscreen should be avoided at any cost. Because the chemical toxins get deeper into the skin and cause permanent damages instead of protecting from the harmful sun rays. Some of the chemicals to stay away from are sulfates, phthalates, parabens, and GMOs. Now, comes to the ingredients that you should be too concerned about. Let’s cover them in detail!
Ingredients To Look For In Sunscreen
1. Natural SPF IngredientsAlways look for a sunscreen that has more natural ingredients with natural SPF properties. These will help in enhancing the effects of the other ingredients in the sunscreen and hence better protection. Also, the skin experiences more hydration, moisturization, nourishment with no to least irritation (depending upon a specific natural ingredient that you might be allergic to).
2. Zinc Oxide or Titanium OxideZinc Oxide and Titanium Oxide are the two active ingredients of sunscreen that are considered safe even by the FDA. Don’t hold yourself back with the name, you are safe. These two are effective in physically sitting on top of the skin and reflecting back the harmful sun rays.
Sunscreen Ingredients To AvoidThere are several ingredients in beauty care to avoid and so the brands or products containing them. Here is a quick list of the chemicals to sway away from all the time no matter what the product!
- Benzophenone-3, also known as Oxybenzone
- Avobenzone, also a benzophenone
- Cyclopentasiloxane / Cyclomethicone
- Diazolidinyl urea
- DMDM Hydantoin, and Hydroxymethylglycinate
- Octinoxate / Octyl methoxycinnamate
- Parabens, Phthalates
- Retinyl Palmitate
- Sodium lauryl and laureth sulfate (SLS/SLES)
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