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Do I Need Different Sunscreen for My Face?

We’ve all been told the importance of SPF time and time again. But, like many others, you’ve probably been left wondering: do I really need a different sunscreen for my face? You’ve probably heard conflicting arguments. This is because the answer may slightly differ for everyone, and the secret may lie in your skin type. Club West Med Spa is here to lay out all the information about choosing the right sunscreen for your face based on your skin type and preferences!

If you are in the Midlothian, VA area, contact us at Club West Med Spa today to learn more!

The Importance of SPF

Need a refresh on the benefits of wearing sunscreen regularly? The list is nearly endless, but here are some of the main reasons!

  • Avoid burns and sun blisters
  • Protect against skin cancer
  • Slow down premature aging
  • Prevent wrinkles & fine lines

Do I Really Need a Different Kind for My Face?

The short answer is technically no–but the long answer is that while you don’t necessarily have to use separate products for your face and body, you should. While you don’t technically need to use a different sunscreen, most dermatologists would recommend it. This is because our face has some of the most sensitive skin on our bodies, which means it reacts differently to products.

Think about it this way: we use different cleansers, moisturizers, and lotions for our face than for our bodies, so it’s not a bad idea to find a sunscreen specifically formulated for your face as well.

So if you’re in a pinch and all you have is regular SPF body lotion–absolutely use it! Regular sunscreen is better than no sunscreen–but when it’s available to you, find a face sunscreen you love and stick with it!

Types of Face Sunscreen

If you are serious about your skincare and are looking to upgrade your summer routine, we’re here to help, and finding a good SPF for your face is a great place to start! There are many different types of facial sunscreen, all suited to a wide range of skin types, lifestyles, and preferences. Here are a few different options!

Chemical

Chemical sunscreen is the most popular type of sunscreen and the type you’ll most commonly find in a drugstore. The chemicals in the formula absorb the sun’s rays and turn them into heat, then release the heat through your skin. If you’re going the chemical route, make sure you’re reapplying more often since the sun causes the sunscreen to break down.

Since there are so many formulas, it’s relatively easy to find an option that blends well with your skin and doesn’t feel too heavy. Before buying one, you should always do your research–some chemicals can be harsh on the skin, especially if you are already sensitive to certain products or fragrances. If you are prone to breakouts, look for an oil-free option.

Mineral

Mineral sunscreen is another option that is typically preferred by those looking for a more natural sunblock. The minerals, which are usually zinc oxide or titanium, act as a barricade between your skin and the UV rays. It’s not quite as seamless as a chemical sunscreen and will often leave a thick and grainy residue on the skin–which is why it’s not always a preferred choice.

Regardless, mineral sunscreen has many benefits. It works well with all skin types, so it can be used universally. It is the best choice for those with sensitive skin since chemical sunscreens can be harsh. Additionally, it is recommended for people with melasma or dark marks because it can prevent hyperpigmentation.

For Your Skin Type

Depending on your skin type, it may be helpful to find sunscreen specifically tailored to you. This is most applicable for those with the more extreme types like oily/acne prone and sensitive.

Not sure what your skin type is? Check out our previous blog post to help determine which skin type you have and which products are best for you!

Tinted/Makeup Based

Tinted sunscreen is another great option, especially if you have acne-prone skin or are just looking for some fuller coverage. There are tons of great options on the market. Additionally, you can find makeup products that contain SPF. This is a great option if you aren’t going to be out in the sun all day.

Take a Trip to Club West Med Spa!

At Club West Med Spa, we want you to look and feel your best–and this is especially important in the summer months when your skin is more at risk from sun exposure.
If you live in or around Midlothian, VA, our skilled estheticians at Club West Med Spa are here to help you determine your skin’s needs and find the best skincare products for you. Contact us today to discover our services!