I have used sunblock and sunscreen since 10 years ago. Before, I just buy moisturizer with SPF 15 or higher on it and I’m set to go out under the sun. Sunblock is a bit expensive to add to our kikay’s kit but it’s worth investing though. Sun damage is more expensive to treat than preventing it.
These days, exposing ones skin to the damaging rays of the sun can lead to premature aging, sunburn and worst, skin cancer. Even for a sprint to the store can add damage to your skin. However, most beauty products like face powder, lipstick, lip shiner, lip balm, lotion and recently, clothes and liquid detergent have incorporated in their ingredients SPF for added sun protection.
When buying products with sun protection, I stay for sometime at the beauty aisle just reading labels and comparing a product to another, not to mention the price also. Before, I am confused of the difference between sunblock and sunscreen. What is the difference and what should we choose then?
Sunscreen – gives protection to the skin by absorbing the sun’s UV rays. Sunscreen comes in a gel, lotion, spray or some other topical product that contains various chemicals and agents that absorb the sun’s UV radiation, which helps prevent sun burnt skin and future skin problems. It is made of chemicals which can cause side effects for some people who have sensitive skin may be allergic to some of the ingredients which can cause skin problems. Sunscreen blocks UVB rays, but it does not protect the skin from UVA. For maximum protection, you’ll probably want to make sure that you can block as much UV rays as you can. Remember, in order to get the full benefit of the product, sunscreen needs to be applied every two hours. It has been found that the sunscreen is the best product that helps in protecting the skin from sun burns.
- Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
What is Helioplex?
SPF (Sun Protection Factor) helps measure how long you can stay in the sun with sunscreen before getting burned. SPF measures protection from sunburn caused primarily by UVB rays, but it does not adequately measure how well a sunscreen protects from UVA rays. UVA rays persist year-round and can lead to signs of premature skin aging, including fine lines, deep wrinkles and uneven skin tone. It is important to select a sunscreen that has broad-spectrum (UVA/UVB) protection. However, in some sunscreens, UVA protection begins to break down the moment your skin is exposed to the sun.
There are two types of UV rays: UVA and UVB. Both can harm your skin.
- Penetrate the outer layer of skin, causing damage to skin cells
- Are the primary cause of sunburn
- May be directly linked to skin cancer
- Can pass through window glass and penetrate deep into the layers of the skin
- Contribute to premature signs of aging, including fine lines and wrinkles
- Too much exposure can play a part in the formation of skin cancer.
Avobenzone is one of the best UVA blockers approved by the FDA, but it is highly unstable when exposed to sunlight. Neutrogena was the first in the US market to introduce sun protection in which Avobenzone was stabilized using Oxybenzone and DEHN, effectively providing better, longer protection from harmful UVA rays. This breakthrough technology was called Helioplex®. With time, and as science has progressed, the Helioplex® name has come to encompass additional technologies and ingredients beyond DEHN but which still provide the same benefits of stabilized sun protection.
Today Helioplex® represents a breadth of stabilized sunscreen technologies that deliver superior protection from the sun. When you choose a sunblock with the name Helioplex®, you can be certain that you are using one that was specifically engineered to deliver superior UV protection that is broad spectrum and photostable. (from Neutrogena site)
From the description we have, Neutrogena is not only a sunblock but also a sunscreen. I love it because it’s non-comedogenic, meaning to won’t clog pores and is safe for oily skin. It is lightweight and non-greasy formula and no thick opaque white consistency which other brands have. I only use this on my face (because it’s expensive hahaha) when going to work but applies it over exposed skin when going out of the house, specially now that summer is oven hot in Saudi Arabia. I am using a body lotion of another brand with SPF for my body.
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