Why Pick a Formula Made for the Face?
Conventional sunscreens can be used on the complexion, but many people prefer to purchase separate sunscreens for their faces. Facial sunscreens may differ from their conventional counterparts in a number of ways. Often, facial sunscreens are lighter and easier to blend into the skin, so that you're less likely to notice your sunscreen once it absorbs.
Many facial sunscreens are formulated to meet the needs of certain skin types. For oily skin and combination skin, you can find oil-free, non-comedogenic facial sunscreens that won't leave your complexion feeling greasy or contribute to skin congestion.
Dry skin sufferers can use moisturizing facial sunscreens, which supply a dose of hydration to help reduce the risk of dryness and irritation.
Sensitive facial sunscreens are hypoallergenic or made from gentle natural ingredients and are less likely to trigger reactions when applied to delicate, sensitive faces. Facial sunscreens also include SPF lip balms, which glide easily over the lip tissue to provide sun protection.
Choosing SPF Protection for Your Complexion
The SPF or Sun Protection Factor of a facial sunscreen indicates how much of the sun's ultraviolet B (UVB) rays a sunscreen can reflect away from the face or absorb before it reaches the complexion.
Often ideal for everyday use and for use on medium to dark skin during prolonged sun exposure, SPF 15 sunscreens protect the skin from about 93 percent of UVB. Capable of filtering out roughly 97 percent of UVB, SPF 30 sunscreens are typically recommended for extended sun protection for light to medium complexions.
If you have fair skin, a history of skin cancer or are sensitive to the sun due to skin care products that you use or medicines that you take, you may need a facial sunscreen with a higher level of UVB protection than SPF 30.
Experts recommend that people of all skin tones use broad-spectrum sunscreens in order to protect skin from ultraviolet A (UVA) rays as well as UVB. back to top »