Sunscreen for Oily Skin

Sunscreens are creams or lotions used to apply on the skin for protection from sun damage.

The radiation of the sun contains Ultra violet Type A & B Rays. Prolonged exposure to this radiation has harmful effects on skin. Various types of melanoma (skin cancer) are the result of over exposure to UV rays. Sun exposure also causes excessive drying of skin, premature ageing, age spots and wrinkles. This is why our skin needs to be protected from the sun at all times


How Do Sun Screens Work

Sun screens are special formulations which contain, among other chemicals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. When we apply sunscreen lotion, the chemicals form a thick layer on the surface of the skin. This layer acts as a shield and prevents sunrays from penetrating into the layers of skin. Sunscreens often have ingredients which soothe skin and moisturise the skin.


Is Sunscreen Required for Oily Skin


Skin type can be broadly divided into oily, dry and combination types. Oily skins are shiny and often, greasy to touch. The forehead and nose are especially prone to oiliness. This is because the pores of the skin are enlarged in a person with oily skin. The sebaceous glands are overactive and the excess secretions make the skin shiny. Oily skins are prone to acne outbreaks due to build-up of sebum in the pores.

Oily skin is sensitive and is also open to the effects of sun damage. Often the fragrances and colours added to cosmetics trigger off allergic acne outbreaks on oily skin. Oily skin needs sun protection like any other skin type and selection of sun screen for this type is a tricky proposition as most sun screens are messy and sticky.


What Type of Sunscreen is Best for Oily Skin

Any formulation for use on oily skin must be non-greasy and light. The formulation should work to clean up excess sebum and shrink the enlarged pores.

Sunscreens which are aqua based and in the gel form work best on oily skins. The aqueous base is light and allows the skin to breathe. There are other sun screens with additives like chamomile, lemon and cucumber extracts work to control oil secretion without triggering acne. Fragrance and colour free sunscreens are recommended by skin experts for use on oily skin.


Tips to Using Sunscreen on Oily Skin

  1. Thoroughly cleanse and dry facial skin before applying sunscreen to remove the dirt or traces of makeup.

  2. For best results, apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before going out in the sun as it starts working after some time.

  3. Make sure to cover neglected areas like the back of the neck and ears while applying sunscreen.

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