Dr. Hitesh Bhalavi is a dermatologist, he pursued MD in Dermatology from PGIMER, Chandigarh, India. Currently, Dr. Hitesh is working as a consultant in NR hospital Bilaspur, India.
A cream formula can be applied easily on the skin with massage and is absorbed by the skin accordingly. Compared to spray-type sunscreen, these are more effective and provides maximum coverage of the applied area. One of the downsides is, it takes a certain amount of time for a full application, and many times a residue is left in hands after applying.
Gel sunscreens after application provide a matte finish. They're oil-free and much more suitable for acne-prone skin. Gel sunscreen has a lighter and fluid-based structure than creams. Gel-based solutions have more irritants compared to cream lotions. However, cream or lotion sunscreens provide better protection than gel ones.
Gel formulations are colourless/lighter, and they are also absorbed fast. They are preferred in oily or acne-prone skin. But these gel-based formulations cause facial or eye-stinging, and they are easily removed by swimming or perspiration. The cream-based formulation is less greasy; they are easy to apply and better absorbed.
Spray sunscreen is easy to apply compared to lotion-based sunscreen. If you're looking for an easy and quick option, then spending time massaging the lotion completely, spray ones are an ideal choice. They are light and less sticky than cream ones.
One of the downsides to them is some spray solutions contain alcohol, which can irritate sensitive skin. As a precautionary measure, always spray the solution on hand first and then apply it to the skin. It's possible kids may accidentally inhale droplets, keeping safety a priority, spray it on hand first and then apply.
Sprays are convenient to apply, but they are alcohol-based preparation and might cause irritation to people with sensitive skin. They are also not yet FDA approved and are less effective, so they are not one of the best options out there.
PA is a rating system provided by Japan for measuring how much UV protection the product provides. PA++ means moderate UVA protection. PA+++ means high UVA protection and PA++++ equates to extremely high UVA protection.
If you’re only out in the sun early in the morning or after peak hours, then a sunscreen with SPF 30 with PA++ would be good enough for you, but if you’re often out during the peak hours like the afternoon, we would suggest getting sunscreen at least SPF 50 with PA+++ to ensure your skin’s protected.
The Sun Protection Factor(SPF) tells about how long you can stay outside during the daytime and be protected from the sunburn causing UVB rays. Japan developed a rating system for UVA rays. It represents how much UVA protection the products offer. Sunscreen with 30 SPF and PA ++ provide good protection, but if you are outdoors most of the time during the afternoon, use SPF 50 sunscreen for ideal protection.
Oxybenzone and octinoxate are known as UV blocking elements but also known for causing coral bleaching; Coral bleaching means when the corals lose their natural colors and turn white. Check the labels for the specific mention about reef-friendly or reef-safe on the sunscreen. Additionally, it would be best to stay away from heavily scented products as these tend to irritate sensitive skin types quite easily.
Few ingredients in sunscreen can lead to allergic reactions in sensitive skin. Products containing oxybenzone and octinoxate induce bleaching response in corals sunscreen without them known as reef-friendly sunscreen.
PABA, cinamates can cause irritant and allergic dermatitis, whereas benzophenones cause photoallergic reactions. There are more chances of irritant reaction with fragrance-based sunscreen. So, avoid these ingredients for better skin health.
Chemical sunscreens are types that do not use these ingredients. When applied, they absorb into the skin, convert the UV rays into heat and release them from the body. But make sure you try those once before buying, as they can occasionally cause irritations as the skin absorbs it before working.
Physical sunscreen contains TiO2 and ZnO as the chief ingredient. It is opaque and causes whitening effects to make them cosmetically unsuitable. Physical sunscreen blocks both UVA and
UVB rays as soon as it is applied to the skin. They are unlikely to irritate the skin, great for sensitive skin types.
Chemical sunscreen converts UV radiation to heat. They are thinner, easy to apply, and more resistant to sweat or water. Chemical sunscreen only starts to effective after 20 minutes, and they are more likely to irritate the skin.
Here's our list of top 10 best sunscreens after selecting amongst thousands of brands available offering UV protection.
Eau Thermale Avene
Rivela Tint Sunscreen Lotion
Australian Sunscreen Sensitive Spf 30+
MD Uv Physical Broad Spectrum
Protection 50 Sport
Photoderm MAX Aquafluid
Aloe Soothing Sun Cream
Aroma Magic Sunblock Lotion
Day Protector UV EX
SunComfort Ultra Mist Broad Spectrum Sun Care SunScreen Spray
An Effective Sunscreen for the Sensitive Skin
A Gentle Gel Sunscreen With Great Protection
Ideal for Oily and Sensitive Skin Type
Lightweight Sunscreen for Oily-Sensitive Skin
Paraben Free Sunscreen for Dry and Sensitive Skin
Ideal Sunscreen for Both Oily-Sensitive and Dry-Sensitive Skin
A Good Option for Oily-Sensitive Skin With SPF 30
Moisturising Sunscreen for Dry and Sensitive Skin
Moisturising Sunscreen for Oily-Sensitive and Dry-Sensitive Skin
One of the Best Sunscreen Spray for Sensitive Skin
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