Remember when choosing sunscreen was so easy? All we had to do is check the SPF level (because we thought more the SPF, more protection it'll provide), whether it was water-resistant or not and that was it!
How naive were we?!
Thanks to ingredient awareness and the rise of skinfluencers, we are now more enlightened when it comes to choosing any beauty product because claims like 'dermatologically tested' are not enough to impress us anymore!
Look closely at the labels because there lies the truth! Truth whether the product is really safe to use and whether it actually fulfils all the claims. And if you ever wondered what ingredients should be in your go-to sunscreen, since it is the most important part of any skincare routine, we've got you covered!
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Ingredients Your Sunscreen must Have!
Unless you're a scientist or a science major, words like oxybenzone, Zinc oxide are just some random ingredients to you. Don't you worry as we're breaking down the *only* ingredients that you need in your daily sun shield, along with the usuals!
- Titanium Dioxide: Titanium Dioxide is no stranger when it comes to sunscreens as it works as a UV filtering ingredient. It helps protect the skin by blocking the absorption of harmful UV rays, thus minimizing sunburns and photodamage. It is safe when appropriate particle size is used as they do not penetrate skin & pose no danger in the long term.
- Zinc Oxide: Zinc Oxide is another such ingredient that is super effective in blocking harmful UV rays and protects the skin from the sun's wrath. It is usually combined with additional UV blockers for the ultimate protection. This has an excellent safety record when used at a defined concentration with appropriate particle size.
- Vitamin E: Did you know that apart from deeply hydrating the skin, Vitamin E is also a great ingredient to have in your daily sunscreen as it offers protection against UV damage. It protects the skin against UVB damage as it can absorb some UV-B light and also protects the mutation of the cells that occurs due to pollution and sun damage.
- Monoi Oil: Monoi Oil is another gem you need in your sunscreen due to its anti-inflammatory & moisturising properties. It helps reduce skin symptoms such as eczema. It also helps restore & retain moisture to promote skin healing.
- Octocrylene: Octocrylene protects the skin from harmful UV rays and minimizes premature signs of ageing. It also absorbs UVB rays and shorter UVA which result in saggy skin and face spots. If used below the globally approved concentration of 10% this helps in UV protection.
We hope you become a great (ingredient) reader after reading this blog!