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The Ultimate Guide to Sunscreen and SPF

Posted by Sonia Bellini on

Why is sunscreen the best investment you can make in your skincare? that’s easy! The Sun’s rays are powerful enough to nourish our planet. Nutrients for plants, the best temperature to support life, and vitamin D are some of the things that The Sun’s rays contribute to our life on planet earth. But there is a darker side to sunshine that is easy to ignore. UV (ultraviolet) Rays are known to cause wrinkles, discoloration, accelerated aging, and skin cancer! These effects range from inconvenient to life-threatening, so it pays off to be proactive and protect yourself from those harmful rays. There are two ways to protect yourself and even start correcting accumulated UV damage. Antioxidants, and Sunscreen. We will be discussing antioxidants very soon, but for now, here is the ultimate guide to Sunscreens!

What is Sunscreen?

Sunscreens are products whose active ingredients have SPF (Sun Protection Factor) properties. What does that mean? It means that the ingredients, once on your skin, provide varying levels of protection against The Sun’s rays. These active ingredients fall into two categories; Physical blocks and Chemical blocks.

What Is the difference between physical and chemical sunscreen and which is best for me?

The active ingredients and science behind them are what categorizes sunblock into either Physical or Chemical protection. Physical blocks active ingredients are going to be metals such as Zinc and Titanium. These metals sit on top of the skin and physically reflect the UV rays away from the skin. Thus preventing contact to the skin and preventing sun damage. Chemical blocks, whose active ingredients include Avobenzone, work by diffusing those damaging sun rays into light that will not damage and age skin. Which would be best for my skin?

Click on a category below to find your perfect Sunscreen!

Dry Skin

Oily Skin

Combination Skin

Sensitive Skin

Fitzpatrick Type 1-3

Fitzpatrick Type 4-6

Lip Sunscreen
*Don’t forget about applying on lips! Skin cancers can present on lips (lip protections)



Dry Skin Sunscreens

Do you have too many steps in your routine? SkinCeuticals daily brightening has everything you need from discoloration protection to SPF and moisture all wrapped up into one!
Mineral Sun silk moisturizer is the perfect choice for lighter skin tones that also infuses moisture into your skin!
Physical Fusion by SkinCeuticals is a weightless fluid that combines 100% mineral filters with translucent color spheres for effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and an even, radiant finish
Coola BB Cream This organic SPF 30 BB+ cream boosts your skin's natural radiance for a you-but-glowier look. Packed with rose stem cell extracts, this skin-perfecting formula moisturizes and protects with powerful antioxidants.

Oily Skin Sunscreens

Colorscience Sunforgettable power SPF is the perfect SPF reapplication for oily skin! This all-powerful, all-mineral skin shield provides complete protection in one convenient, on-the-go application—alone or over makeup. Perfect for reapplying throughout the day, easy to carry in your bag or golf cart.
Coola Refreshing Water Mist is another one-of-a-kind product to make sure you are safe and protected from the sun. Mist away and reset the day with our breakthrough Refreshing Water Mist sunscreen. This alcohol-free formula infuses organic aloe and coconut water with our plant-derived Full Spectrum 360° technology to help mitigate the effects of today's modern skin aggressors, including HEV light (aka blue light), IR, and pollution
Coola Classic Face Sunscreen is an organic face sunscreen is your invisible shield against the sun and elements. This Farm to Face formula is sun protection and moisturizer in one—providing sheer broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while hydrating skin.
Coola Sunsilk drops this organic sun silk drops have revolutionized complexion protection. Formulated with our plant-derived Full Spectrum 360° technology, these lightweight drops do it all—provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and help mitigate the effects of HEV light (aka blue light), IR, and pollution.
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion is perfect for providing protection as well as moisture. It is an ultra-sheer, transparent sunscreen fluid that combines 100% mineral filters with artemia salina, a plankton extract to help boost skin’s natural defenses to UV- and heat-induced stress, offers broad spectrum protection for all skin types, including sensitive.

Combination Skin Sunscreens

With combination skin, it's important to not add products that contribute to oiliness and wont clog your pores. In this case, chemical sunblocks are your friend!

Coola Classic Face Sunscreen is an organic face sunscreen is your invisible shield against the sun and elements. This Farm to Face formula is sun protection and moisturizer in one—providing sheer broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection while hydrating skin.
Coola Refreshing Water Mist is another one-of-a-kind product to make sure you are safe and protected from the sun. Mist away and reset the day with our breakthrough Refreshing Water Mist sunscreen. This alcohol-free formula infuses organic aloe and coconut water with our plant-derived Full Spectrum 360° technology to help mitigate the effects of today's modern skin aggressors, including HEV light (aka blue light), IR, and pollution

Sensitive Skin Sunscreens

When it comes to sensitive skin, physical blocks are going to be effective as well as have less chance to cause a reaction. Physical blocks are sunscreens that have titanium and zinc as the active ingredient. Below are a few examples!
SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion is perfect for providing protection as well as moisture. It is an ultra-sheer, transparent sunscreen fluid that combines 100% mineral filters with artemia salina, a plankton extract to help boost skin’s natural defenses to UV- and heat-induced stress, offers broad spectrum protection for all skin types, including sensitive.
PCA Sheer Tint This universally tinted, water resistant sunscreen provides sheer  protection with an antioxidant boost.
  • Can be used alone or layered under makeup
  • Purely physical broad spectrum protection
  • Water resistant for active lifestyles
  • Antioxidant ubiquinone fights free-radical damage for added UV protection

Fitzpatrick Type 1-3

Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 is a weightless fluid that combines 100% mineral filters with translucent color spheres for effective broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection and an even, radiant finish. This high protection zinc oxide sunscreen also contains artemia salina, a plankton extract known to increase skin’s resistance to UV- and heat-induced stress.

 

Coola BB Cream  in Golden This organic SPF 30 BB+ cream boosts your skin's natural radiance for a you-but-glowier look. Packed with rose stem cell extracts, this skin-perfecting formula moisturizes and protects with powerful antioxidants.

 

 

Fitzpatrick Type 4-6

Coola BB Cream  in Medium Deep This organic SPF 30 BB+ cream boosts your skin's natural radiance for a you-but-glowier look. Packed with rose stem cell extracts, this skin-perfecting formula moisturizes and protects with powerful antioxidants.

Coola Refreshing Water Mist is another one-of-a-kind product to make sure you are safe and protected from the sun. Mist away and reset the day with our breakthrough Refreshing Water Mist sunscreen. This alcohol-free formula infuses organic aloe and coconut water with our plant-derived Full Spectrum 360° technology to help mitigate the effects of today's modern skin aggressors, including HEV light (aka blue light), IR, and pollution

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