Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Sunscreens for Oily Skin

In my previous post, I've given out five tips when it comes to choosing a sunscreen, so if you have no idea on how to choose a sunscreen, you might want to check this blog post first.

Once you get the general idea of the do's and don'ts of choosing a sunscreen, shopping for a sunscreen can become a breeze, especially if you have normal skin type. However, if you have sensitive skin, a closer look at the ingredients list is a must! You should know if the sunscreen contains physical or chemical UV filters. Certain ingredients may trigger an allergic reaction, such as fragrances and colorings. 

If you have oily skin type, you should watch out for comedogenic ingredients. For aesthetic reasons, you may also want a sunscreen which is less greasy and matte. It's a challenge as many sunscreens are greasy and sticky, some of the ingredients may also clog the pores and trigger a breakout.

If you want to learn about specific customer reviews, check out the Amazon links or see the specific reviews from bloggers that I will also include in the list. 
I myself have very oily skin. Though I would love to have a good protection on the skin, but applying a sunscreen on the face is a very unappealing sensation. It's sticky, greasy, and feels very heavy on the skin. It makes my skin appear oilier than ever, and worse, it leaves a white cast on the skin.

But thanks to the advancements of skin care science, more and more sunscreen products are coming out the shelves with better formulations for women with oily skin type. You can already find several of these with noncomedogenic formula that is lightweight and matte. Women with normal skin type can also benefit from a lightweight formula as it makes the skin more aesthetically appealing and agreeable to makeup.

Here, I've collected a handful of sunscreen products that are friendly to oily skin types. I have also included the ingredients of these products for your reference. Ingredients highlighted in RED have a comedogenicity rating of 3 and above out of 5 scale based on cosdna.com database (but may not necessarily lead to breakouts in the formulation's entirety, so I advise you to check each product review). 

Kiehl's Super Fluid UV Defense SPF 50+

Price and Availability: available on Amazon
- antioxidant Vitamin E to help prevent free-radical damage
- new optimized combination of sun filters for an even more lightweight, silky, non-greasy finish than before
- oil-free, fragrance free, paraben free, color free
- water resistant (80 Minutes)
Sun Protection: SPF 50 PA+
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3%), Homosalate (15%), Octisalate (5%), Octocrylene (5%) Oxybenzone (6%) 
Inactive Ingredients: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Alcohol Denatured, Silica, Dicaprylyl Ether, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-30 Dipolyhydroxystearate, Dimethicone, Cyclohexasiloxane, Polymethylsilsesquioxane, Nylon-12, Dicaprylyl Carbonate, Phenoxyethanol, Lauryl PEG/PPG-18/18 Methicone, Sodium Chloride, Caprylyl Glycol, Methylparaben, Poly C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Disodium EDTA, Dodecene, Poloxamer 407
The formula is noncomedogenic yet contains a relatively high concentration of alcohol, which is an irritant.

Alba Botanica Hawaiian Green Tea

Price and AvailabilityPhp 375.00 (Healthy Options) / 113g (4oz.); also available on Amazon
- water-resistant for 80 minutes
- paraben-free
- non-greasy
Sun Protection: SPF 45
Active Ingredients: Homosalate 10.0% (sunscreen), octocrylene 10.0% (sunscreen), ethylhecyl methoxycinnamate 7.5% (sunscreen), ethylhexyl salicylate 5.0% (sunscreen), titanium dioxide 2.0% (sunscreen) 
Inactive Ingredients: Aqua (water), glycerin, cetearyl olivate, cetyl alcohol, glyceryl stearate SE, sorbitan olivate, dimethicone, VP/hexadecene copolymer, caprylic/capric triglyceride, aloe barbadensis leaf juice*, calendula officinalis flower extract*, camellia sinensis leaf extract*, chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract*, ginkgo biloba leaf extract, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) flower/leaf/stem extract*, sodium stearoyl glutamate, tocopheryl acetate, xanthan gum, alcohol, benzyl alcohol, ethylhecyglycerin, phenoxyethanol, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, citronellol, geraniol, hexyl cinnamal, limonene, linalool and fragrance. 
It's water-based and oil-free. The inclusion of soothing Aloe and antioxidant Green Tea extract is a plus for this product. It also has other moisturizing ingredients such as glycerin. Ingredients to watch out for are: alcohol, fragrances, silicones, and the high concentration of comedogenic cetyl alcohol and glyceryl stearate SE.
My Own Review:

Eltamd UV Clear 

Price and AvailabilityPhp 700.00+ (eBay) / 48g (1.7oz.); also available on Amazon
- lightweight and oil-free
- no parabens
- for sensitive and acne-prone skin
Sun Protection: SPF 46
Active Ingredients: Zinc Oxide (9.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%) 
Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Cyclomethicone, Niacinamide, Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polyisobutene, PEG-7 Trimethylolpropane Coconut Ether, Sodium Hyaluronate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactic Acid, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane
It's water-based and has a impressive list of ingredients. It contains silicones though which may be a drawback to other people.
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