Troubleshoot Your Sunscreen 19th Dec 2018 | By Kesiree Naidoo With summer in full swing, we thought this would be a great time to share some of our helpful tips for keeping your skin well protected from those damaging rays. Seriously… there are very few reasons not to wear sunscreen, and we thought we would share the complaints we have heard numerous times, with our recommended solutions. 1. I DON’T LIKE TO WEAR SUNSCREEN BECAUSE IT LEAVES A WHITE RESIDUE ON MY SKIN The “white cast” from sunscreen comes from the physical UV filters, titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Newer sunscreens are formulated with microfine particles of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide which don’t leave a white residue. Some sunscreens contain smart colour adaptive particles that blend with most skin tones. We recommend: SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 which is a broad-spectrum protective fluid with a weightless matte finish. Or SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 with translucent colour spheres to enhance your natural skin tone. It’s also water resistant for up to 40 minutes. 2. WEARING SUNSCREENS GIVE ME BREAKOUTS Oily or cream formulation sunscreens can occlude the pores and cause acne breakouts. Go for ultrafluid sunscreens or those advertised as “non-comedogenic”. We recommend: La Roche Posay Anthelios XL 50+ Ultrafluid provides sun effective protection but with a soft, non-greasy light texture suitable for normal to combination skin. Or SkinCeuticals Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 offers broad spectrum sun protection with a sheer mattifying texture that is ideal for sensitive, rosacea-prone and post-procedure skins. 3. MY SKIN BECOMES SHINY WHEN I USE SUNSCREEN Mattifying or dry touch sunscreens contain ingredients that absorb oil on the skin surface leaving a matte finish throughout the course of the day. This is perfect for those with an oily skin or a humid environment. We recommend: SkinCeuticals Physical Matte UV Defense SPF 50 which offers maximum broad spectrum protection in a comfortable oil absorbing base with colour adapting tint. Or Heliocare 360 Gel oil free contains antioxidant formula Fernblock FC and Bioshield technology in a unique oil free dry touch formulation. It protects against damage from UVA/UVB, infrared and visible light. 4. MY SKIN IS TOO SENSITIVE FOR SUNSCREEN Sensitive or eczema-prone skin can develop irritation and itchiness with the application of sunscreen. It is mainly the chemical filters or added ingredients in the sunscreen that can cause contact allergy. If you tend to have a sensitive skin or suffer from rosacea or eczema try mineral sunscreens which are chemical filter free. We recommend: Heliocare 360 Mineral. An innovative mineral fluid ideal for sensitive, acne-prone skin types, atopic dermatitis, post-procedure use and children. 5. I DON’T REAPPLY SUNSCREEN DURING THE DAY AS IT WILL MESS UP MY MAKE-UP Solution 1 Brush on powder sunscreens are available in different shades to suit your skin. Simply reapply over your make up as you would powder. We recommend: Colorescience® Sunforgettable® brushes are a unique self-dispensing powder sunscreen that make re-application simple throughout the day. These are one of the few effective SPF products that can be applied over make-up. Solution 2 Tinted sunscreen or sunscreen ‘make-up’ compacts. Some sunscreens are conveniently available in different shades to blend easily with your skin tone, making them suitable to double up as make-up and easy to reapply. We recommend: Heliocare Gelcream which comes in brown and light shades Or Heliocare Compacts oil-free, which are also perfect to throw in your handbag. 6. I DON’T WEAR SUNSCREEN ON MY FACE BECAUSE IT MAKES MY EYES BURN Sunscreens may run into the eyes with sweating, causing burning and irritation. Try sunscreens with safe eye technology. We recommend: ISDIN Fotoprotector Fusion Water SPF 50+ is a unique high protection facial sunscreen that is quickly absorbed into the skin providing an invisible layer of silky, matte protection. Safe-Eye Technology ensures it does not sting the eyes, making it perfect for cycling, running and other sports. 7. IT’S DIFFICULT TO REAPPLY SUNSCREEN AFTER BEING IN THE WATER OR ON SWEATY SKIN It can be bothersome to completely dry your skin after a swim, or to properly reapply your sunscreen during sport. Try sunscreen that can be effectively applied to damp or wet skin. We recommend: ISDIN Fotoprotector® Transparent Spray Wet Skin is a unique and revolutionary water-friendly sunscreen. It can be applied directly to wet or dry skin without the white emulsion effect derived from oils found in most sunscreens. 8. IT’S TOO LATE TO USE SUNSCREEN AS I ALREADY HAVE SUN DAMAGE It is never too late to start protecting your skin! If you already have sun damage there is now a solution for you as well. New sunscreen technology includes DNA repair enzymes to help prevent and treat sun damage. We recommend: Heliocare 360 AK FLUID contains unique key ingredients Fernblock FC and Roxisomes prevent to repair DNA damage caused by solar radiation. It is an elegant oil free formulation that feels light on the skin. Or ISDIN Eryfotona AK-NMSC with Repairsomes to prevent DNA damage caused by sun exposure So, this season, whilst enjoying the warm summer days, there is no excuse not to take the best care of your skin and limit sun damage by using the right products – all available on www.skinsmart.co.za. Happy Holidays!