Which Sunscreen is Best for You?

Which Sunscreen is Best for You?

Which Sunscreen – Mineral or chemical?

Welcome to this week’s edition of Vysana Life with Dr. Sunny Dhesi. As we embrace the summer sun (when it decides to pop out), it’s crucial to protect our skin from harmful UV rays. Today, we’ll explore the differences between mineral and chemical sunscreens and provide you with tips on choosing the best sunscreen for your skin type.

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Which Sunscreen is Best for You?

Understanding Sunscreens: Mineral vs. Chemical

Mineral Sunscreens

Mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, act like tiny mirrors on your skin, reflecting UV rays away. They contain ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, making them ideal for sensitive skin types, including those with rosacea. Mineral sunscreens sit on top of the skin and provide a physical barrier against the sun’s rays.

Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, absorb UV rays and convert them into heat, which is then released from the skin. These sunscreens contain ingredients like avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone. They tend to be lighter and more easily absorbed into the skin compared to mineral sunscreens.

Benefits and Drawbacks

Mineral Sunscreens

  • Pros: Suitable for sensitive skin, provides immediate protection, less likely to cause irritation.
  • Cons: Can leave a white cast, thicker consistency, may require more frequent reapplication.

Chemical Sunscreens

  • Pros: Easier to apply, no white cast, lightweight texture.
  • Cons: Can cause irritation in sensitive skin, requires 15-20 minutes to become effective, potential for skin penetration.

Sun Safety Tips

Seek Shade

Always seek shade when the sun’s rays are strongest, typically between 10 AM and 2 PM. If your shadow is shorter than you are, it’s time to find some cover.

Wear Protective Clothing

Opt for long-sleeved shirts, trousers, wide-brimmed hats, and sunglasses with UV protection. Look for clothing with an Ultraviolet Protection Factor (UPF) for extra coverage.

Avoid Tanning Beds

Tanning beds can be as harmful as direct sun exposure. Consider self-tanning products but always pair them with sunscreen.

Be Cautious Near Water and Sand

Surfaces like water and sand reflect the sun’s rays, increasing the risk of sunburn. Ensure you reapply sunscreen frequently in these environments.

Choosing the Right Sunscreen

Broad Spectrum Protection

Ensure your sunscreen is labeled as “broad spectrum,” protecting against both UVA and UVB rays.

SPF 30 or Higher

Opt for a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher for optimal protection. Remember, higher SPF provides more coverage but must still be reapplied every two hours.

Water Resistance

Water-resistant sunscreens are beneficial if you plan on swimming or sweating. However, they still need to be reapplied regularly.

Application Tips

  • Use the fingertip method: apply three fingertip units of sunscreen to cover the face and neck.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before sun exposure.
  • Reapply every two hours, especially after swimming or sweating.

Common Myths

Vitamin D

While sunscreen does slightly reduce the natural production of vitamin D, you can maintain adequate levels with a daily supplement and a balanced diet.

Expiry Dates

Sunscreen maintains its strength for up to three years. Always check for changes in colour or consistency before use. If in doubt, throw it out.

Treating Sunburn

If you do get sunburned, start treating it immediately:

  • Take cool baths.
  • Moisturize with aloe vera or after-sun products.
  • Avoid further sun exposure until your skin heals.


Choosing the right sunscreen is essential for protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Whether you prefer mineral or chemical sunscreens, the best sunscreen is the one you will use consistently. Stay sun safe and enjoy the great outdoors!

Thank you for joining me today. If you have any questions or need personalized advice, feel free to reach out or leave a comment below. Here’s to a beautiful and safe summer!

Not sure what’s best for your skin?

At Vysana, we’re not just about aesthetics; we’re about comprehensive health care. You can choose virtual and face-to-face consultations or why not try our free Skin Analysis?

We also offer full private GP services such as blood tests and much much more.

If you’re seeking more personalised advice or wish to book a private consultation, please reach out to us at information@vysana.com. You can also book through our website or call 01572 827085.

Remember, this is a conversation, not a consultation. For medical advice, please book an appointment.

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