Vogue released a new YouTube episode in their beauty series in which they featured celebrities and their skincare routine. These routines took 20 steps to complete on average. However, have you ever wondered what step is the most important one? If your answer is sunscreen application then you’re on the right path!
Sunscreen helps in preventing sunburn caused by too much exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light which can possibly result in skin cancer. Additionally, we have to keep in mind that ultraviolet radiation can also cause DNA changes. Let’s also not forget how effective sunscreen is in terms of reducing skin inflammation as well as preventing skin discoloration.
Due to the fast pacing technology, there are a lot of sunscreens emerging from the market. Different active ingredients, weight, color, and form. How do we make sure we will get the best one out there?
Since sunscreen is a topical cream applied directly on our skin, we want to make sure it causes minimal to no irritation at all. One of the types of sunscreen proven to be much gentler on the skin compared to the other is Mineral Sunscreen sometimes called Physical Sunscreen.
A product is labeled as Mineral Sunscreen if it contains zinc oxide and titanium diode as the active ingredients. These two minerals are white in color which reflects the light effectively. If you are wondering if these minerals cause the temporary white cast upon application, then your assumption is correct! However, skin technology nowadays has the ability to lower the chance of ever leaving a visible white cast which made it more convenient to its users.
Are mineral sunscreens the better option out there? The answer is 100% yes if you are looking for a sunscreen that activates a physical barrier deflecting UV radiation and preventing it from making any contact with your skin. It does not make you wait for 20 to 30 minutes to be activated and it sits directly on the top of the skin that protects you almost immediately once you put it on.
Do you have sensitive skin? Mineral sunscreens got you covered! This type of sunscreen does not absorb into the skin so there’s less chance of causing irritation. It is also made safe for people who are concerned about long-term exposure to chemical active ingredients. Lastly, due to its formulation, it’s considered to be gentler for sensitive skin which is also a better solution for those who have hyperpigmentation and melasma.
So, the most important skincare step is sunscreen. In a nutshell, out of all the 20-step skincare routines of the celebrities featured in Vogue, the sunscreen application is the best step of them all as it protects the user’s skin from further damage brought by the radiation. Wearing it should not cause stinging or irritation. It should always be gentle to the skin!
Just a gentle reminder: the best time to start caring for your skin is today!