If you’re big on beauty or love wandering the aisles of your local pharmacy, you might’ve heard Sukin has released a new sunscreen.
Enter, the Sukin Sheer Touch Face Sunscreen SPF 30, $24.95.
This is very exciting because we all know we’re meant to wear sunscreen on our faces every day, and this one is the solution to two of the biggest excuses used for not slathering on the good stuff: ‘sunscreen is too expensive’ and ‘sunscreen is not natural’.
Although there’s no such thing as a 100 per cent ‘natural sunscreen’, this new Sukin sunscreen uses minerals to block the sun.
What does that actually mean and does this product live up to the hype? We asked five Mamamia staffers to road test this sunscreen to find out. Oh, and let’s decode some common SPF marketing terms along the way.
Sukin answers all of your SPF questions below, post continues after video.
What does a ‘mineral’ sunscreen actually mean?
SPF 101: Sunscreens are commonly referred to as either being ‘chemical’ or ‘physical/mineral’. So what’s the difference?
In short, ‘chemical’ sunscreens contain active sun filters that penetrate the skin, absorb UV rays and convert them to heat to prevent them from causing damage.
‘Physical/mineral’ sunscreens use naturally-derived minerals zinc oxide and titanium oxide (naturally derived means the minerals once appeared in nature, but are treated to access their properties). These minerals still absorb and convert UV rays, but they also form a barrier over the skin to block and scatter UV rays too.
Both ‘chemical’ and ‘physical/mineral’ sunscreens are safe to use, but which one you choose is a personal choice. Some people find ‘chemical sunscreens’ irritate their skin where ‘physical/mineral’ sunscreens don’t. If you have facial pigmentation, you might also opt for a ‘physical/mineral’ sunscreen as pigmentation is worsened by heat, and ‘chemical’ sunscreens produce more heat within the skin.
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