Sunscreen is a topical cream or lotion that protects the skin from the sun’s ultraviolet radiation. Recommended for regular use, it is one of the most underrated skin care products with extensive benefits. A layer of sunscreen minimizes the risk of getting a sunburn and on the longer run, skin cancer too. It can be used on top of your daily skincare products as a finishing product before you apply any makeup.
The benefits of sunscreen are one of the beauty industry’s best kept secrets. Particularly for people living in tropical or warm regions that receive a lot of direct sunlight, sunscreen is extremely essential. Even when you are indoors, the UV rays penetrating through the glass windows can cause sun damage to your skin. It can slow down the process of healing any blemishes or spots and also causes signs of aging like fine lines and hyperpigmentation. Sunscreen is the ultimate skin saver that you must add to your skin care routines.
Types Of Sunscreens
The two types of sunscreens available today are chemical-based and mineral-based. The chemical-based formula works by absorbing the UV rays while the mineral-based formula works by reflecting the rays off. Although commonly found over the counter, chemical sunscreen may cause irritation to sensitive skin. Mineral sunscreen, the popular and recommended choice for sensitive skin is infamous for leaving a whitecast. The Harkoi Mineral Matte Sunscreen is a perfected formulation with SPF 35+ and minimal whitecast. With 20% zinc oxide, a FDA approved ingredient, this product is an advance take on sunscreens for Indian skin tones.
Choosing The Perfect Sunscreen
According to the American Dermatology Association, it is recommended to use a sunscreen that is labeled ‘broad-spectrum’ which means protection against both UVA and UVB rays. And especially for people living in sunny parts of the world, sunscreen is the ultimate essential product for regular use. Dermatologist Adarsh Vijay Mudgi, MD suggests using at least SPF 30 sunscreen calling it the ‘magic number’ as it blocks out 97% of UVB rays.
The needs of combination skin type can be confusing. But the most preferred effect is the matte finish for both combination and oily skin types. It is also recommended to use gel-based sunscreens for best results. Dry skin, on the other hand, requires a layer that locks in the hydrating quality of your skin care products applied before finishing off with a sunscreen. So, a lotion formula is recommended. Picking a sunscreen for normal skin type is a no-brainer as most sunscreen’s advertised as ‘for all skin types’ easily work. Remember, the best sunscreen is the one that you actually end up using regularly!
While choosing any skin care product, it is important to do your research and reading to see what fits your needs the best. So, do not worry if your first experience with sunscreen was not very pleasing. You can try the Harkoi Mineral Matte Sunscreen Sample Kit that includes three tinted samples and see what fits your best. Not only does it provide you with the protection you need from sun rays, but it also gives a matte, natural makeup finish to your skin for a fresh look everyday.