What to Look For When Buying Sunscreen

Everyone knows that a good sunscreen is a healthy skin care essential all year long, but there’s a lot of information that most don’t know when buying sunscreen. Sunscreen is not a one-size-fits all, and there are thousands of different types of sunscreens to fit different needs – for everyday wear, water-resistant or sweat-proof protection, or incorporated in their makeup products.

Whatever your sunscreen need is, here is how to ensure you find your next favorite sunscreen so you can be safe and protected when outside.

Start with SPF 50+

Both UVA and UVB rays can lead to skin cancer (this is old news), plus UVA rays can cause fine liens and wrinkles, therefore speeding up the signs of aging. UVB rays are those that cause sunburns. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) recommends a minimum of 30 SPF but here at Trillium, we always recommend a minimum of 50+ to help protect against 97% of the sun’s UVB rays. Also, if you are fair-skinned, always go for a higher SPF.

Know Your Sunscreen’s Key Ingredients

By taking a quick look at your sunscreen’s ingredient list camp help ensure you are getting the quality and appropriate coverage you need. First off, look for the term “broad spectrum” as it ensures you’ll have both UVA and UVB protection. Mineral sunscreens, or physical sunscreens, work by using natural minerals such as Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide to reflect the sun’s rays from your skin. All of our sunscreens at H&H Science are broad-spectrum and are non-comedogenic (will not clog pores).

Consider Your Skin Type

Many sunscreens are designed specifically to help those with dry, oily or sensitive skin types. For dry skin, avoid sunscreen sprays or gels with alcohol. For sensitive skin, mineral sunscreens are good bets with titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. I recommend our H&H Sheer Antioxidant Sunscreen SPF 50+ with active ingredient of Zinc Oxide 13.75% and Green Tea Polyphenols to help sooth red or sensitive skin.

Consider Stocking Up, Especially During “Outdoor” Season

If you aren’t applying your sunscreen often or re-applying at the right time, you won’t be able to get all the protection your sunscreen can offer. Your sunscreen should be applied at minimum, every two hours. If you spend a lot of time outdoors, you might need to stock up a bit more in order to last.

Know How to Build Sunscreen Into Your Makeup Routine

A great and easy way to add a healthy sunscreen habit into your day is to build it into your morning routine. There are plenty of foundations out there with SPF in it but I always recommend a mineral foundation with SPF as it is healthier for your skin, and won’t cause acne as these formulas are composed of organic minerals and are also oil free – they don’t support the growth of bacteria. I love to recommend both our H&H Tinted Brightening BB Cream SPF 50+ as it is a universal tinted foundation/SPF/Moisturizer all in one, and our H&H Mineral Sheer Tint as it evens out skin tine with a sheer, natural radiance. 

Pick a Sunscreen You Enjoy Wearing

I always say to my clients, “choose a sunscreen that you like to wear,” because it increases your chance of actually wearing sunscreen to protect your skin. By choosing a sunscreen with nice perks (like SPF 50+, spray or tinted BB cream) that could make you more excited about re-applying.

What Do You Think?

What sunscreens are you in absolute LOVE with or what things do you look for when choosing a SPF? Let me know in the comments below!

XOXO Heather