The Lowdown on Sunscreens

Lowdown on Sunscreens

Summertime is here!  That means plenty of picnics, pool parties, trips to the beach, and outdoor activities!  It’s important to remember that despite all the fun in the sun that you’re having you still need to take care of your skin and be smart by protecting it from the sun by using a sunscreen each and every time you venture outside.

There are countless different sunscreens available to purchase each with different options so if you are wondering which one is right for you it’s best to first know the basics:

Just like we all have our own preferences when it comes to the types of makeup we like and what it does to our skin, sunscreen is no different.  What works on one persons skin may cause breakouts on another person and so on and so on.  Below is a breakdown of the types of sunscreen you should look for depending on your specific skin type as well as examples of sunscreens that are most suitable for you.

 

Dry Skin

  • Creams/lotions with extra hydrating ingredients (aloe and glycerin)
  • Steer clear of spray or gel sunscreens that contain aloe (they’ll just dry out your skin that much more)

Try

Murad Hydrating Sunscreen SPF 15

L’Oreal Dermo-Expertise Futur-E SPF 15

 

Oily Skin

  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Water or gel based sunscreens are most commonly oil-free

Try

Ocean Potion Anti-Aging Sunblock SPF 50

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock SPF 45

 

Acne Prone Skin

  • Light and/or oil-free lotions
  • Sunscreens that contain the chemicals avobenzone and oxybenzone
  • Non-comedogenic sunscreen (won’t clog pores)
  • Fragrance free sunscreen

Try

Hawaiian Tropic Oil Free Sensitive Skin Sunscreen SPF 50

Murad Oil-Free Sunblock SPF 30

 

Sensitive Skin

  • Paba free sunscreen (this is very common)
  • Oil-free sunscreen
  • Fragrance free sunscreen
  • Chemical free sunscreen
  • Hypoallergenic sunscreen
  • Mineral based sunscreen

Try

Aveeno Active Naturals Continuous Protection Sunblock Lotion for Face

Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunblock Lotion SPF 60

 

Active/Outdoor Skin (for those that spend a lot of time being active outdoors; sports/swimming)

  • Water-resistant or waterproof sunscreen
  • Highest SPF sunscreen available

Try

Coppertone Sport Sunblock Spray SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunblock with Helioplex SPF 70

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Helpful Sunburn Remedies

Sunburn

Ways to Soothe a Sunburn

 

Aside from the common “apply aloe vera gel” to soothe a painful sunburn, here are a couple more useful and very helpful remedies that you should keep in mind when you are looking for sunburn relief!  (And better yet, most of the stuff you probably already have in your kitchen!)

  • Add 1 tsp. baking soda into a quart of cool water and apply the mixture with a washcloth to the sunburned areas
  • Apply aloe from an aloe plant
  • Apply grated potatoes to sunburned skin  (The starch from the potatoes helps to soothe and cool)
  • Add black or green tea to bathwater (or apply tea bags to affected area)
  • Apply egg whites for an instant cooling sensation
  • Apply vinegar to prevent peeling

D.I.Y. Sunburn Aloe Relief Cubes

Aloe

Got some aloe and an ice cube tray?  Then you’ve got an easy way to relieve sunburn!

Ingredients:

  • Aloe vera gel

Directions:

  • Fill an ice cube tray with aloe vera gel; stick in the freezer
  • Once frozen, pop out a frozen cube and you have instant sunburn relief that you can easily rub on any sunburnt area

Cooling Sunburn Remedy

Sunburn Relief

Give sunburnt skin instant relief with this cooling sunburn remedy!

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 tbsp. aloe vera juice
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp. lemon juice
  • 3 tsp. sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp. plain yogurt
  • Cornstarch (if needed to thicken)

 

Directions:

  • Whisk together the aloe and egg
  • Mix in the sugar until it dissolves
  • Add the yogurt to the mixture; mix well
  • Add a little cornstarch to thicken the mixture if it is too runny
  • Place mixture in the freezer for an hour to chill
  • Apply to sunburnt areas for relief

 

D.I.Y. Carrot and Aloe Sunburn Remedy Cream

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Heal and soothe irritated and sunburnt skin with this gentle D.I.Y. cream that is a must have for the summer!

Ingredients:

  • 2 carrots
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1/2 cup sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. beeswax
  • 2 tsp. emulsifying wax
  • 1/2 cup aloe vera gel
  • 1 tsp. vitamin C powder

Directions:

  • Grate the carrot and cucumber and place in a pan with sesame oil
  • Heat over low heat for 20-30 minutes
  • Strain the heated mixture and return the liquid to the pan
  • Add the beeswax and emulsifying wax to the pan; stir continuously while they are melting
  • Whisk the aloe vera gel and vitamin C powder into the mixture; whisk until creamy and smooth
  • Pour the mixture into a jar or container
  • Let cool (this allows the cream to thicken)
  • Apply to sunburnt areas 2-3 times per day

*If stored in the fridge, this mixture can last up to 2 months

Aloe Vera Lip Gloss Recipe

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This soothing recipe for Aloe Vera Lip Gloss is perfect for dry or sunburnt lips!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 tsp. Aloe Vera gel
  • 1/2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tsp. petroleum jelly

 

Directions:

  • Combine all ingredients; mix well
  • Heat mixed ingredients in the microwave for about 2 minutes
  • Stir well and pour into small container
  • Let cool (either at room temperature or for quicker results in the fridge for a nice cold application)