How to choose the best sunscreen

Do you think that all sun creams are the same? Do you think that as long as it has 50 protection it’s enough? Don’t worry, you’re not alone… There are many people who think like that.

The truth is that there is a whole world behind this useful summer ointment. That’s why we’ve rolled up our sleeves and smeared our hands for you, to bring you a very simple yet extremely useful guide. Come on!


The arrival of August is very near and those of us who are used to living summers in the province of Girona know that it is a month in which temperatures rise more than the price of pine nuts. But this doesn’t stop us from tanning.

To achieve that golden, glowing skin in a healthy way, it’s best to team up with the perfect sunscreen.

Did you know that there are different types of sunscreen depending on the protection filter?

Physical sunscreens

Those containing titanium oxide, zinc oxide, mica, talc or iron oxide. They create a protective layer on the dermis, protecting against UVA, UVB and infrared radiation, preventing them from reaching the skin.

They are natural filters and do not generate a photochemical reaction, so they are best for sensitive skin (reactive, allergic or atopic, for example). Dermatologists recommend creams containing these filters. They are also the most advisable for babies under 6 months or children.

The ‘negative’ side of these filters is that they are not very aesthetic due to their dense and heavy texture, they tend to leave skin whitish and stain swimming costumes / bikinis. The lighter and more ‘aesthetic’ items in this range tend to be more expensive.

Bonus: physical sunscreens are also recommended for scars or laser-treated skin.

Chemical sunscreens

This type of sunscreen is composed of chemicals such as oxybenzone, octocrylene, octisalate or avobenzone, among others. They are synthetic substances that are activated by UV radiation, generating a photochemical reaction that protects the skin.

The best thing about these filters is their lightness and neatness, because they do not stain. We recommend applying this type of cream 30 minutes before being exposed to the sun.

The drawback of these chemical filters is their propensity to cause irritation. They are not harmful substances but, for some skins, they can be ‘invasive’, causing allergies or skin irritation.

Conclusion

We recommend sunscreens with physical filters. Made from natural, non-reactive substances. After all, what’s good for children can’t be bad for us, right?


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