There are generally two types of sunscreen: physical (or mineral), and chemical. Chemical sunscreens can contain ingredients that can be irritating, so if you’re opting for one of these, make sure to always check the ingredients list for any which you know irritate your skin, and avoid them. It’s also a good idea to avoid any unnecessary components, such as fragrances or heavy oils. Some sunscreen products also contain alcohol, which can be drying and irritating, so it’s useful to avoid these too. For very sensitive skin, a mineral sunscreen might be your best option. Plus, they’re better for the environment, so it’s a win-win.
How to choose the best sunscreen for your skin type this summer
It might have taken what seems like years, but the sun has finally arrived(!!), which means it’s time for picnics in the park, drinks in the beer garden and an actual *social life* – Is this a dream?
What it also means is that we should be taking extra care of our skin. In true British-teenager-in-the-2000s style, I remember the days where my ‘sun care’ consisted of repeatedly saying ‘my foundation has SPF 10 in it’, and occasionally coating myself in factor two tanning oil (honestly, shudder).
Now though, SPF is the cornerstone of any good skincare routine, and any dermatologist will tell you that we should be wearing it every day. Wearing SPF prevents burning and sun damage, and it’s also generally considered to be the best defence against premature signs of ageing (we’re talking wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and age spots.)
So, which type of SPF should you choose? After a year of perfecting our skincare routines to a T – it makes sense to tailor our sunscreen to best fit our skin-type too. We’ve rounded up some tips for what to look for in a sunscreen to suit your skin type best. Here’s what you need to know.
By Beth Ryan