Face Sunscreen at Walgreens
Every inch of your skin requires protection from the sun, but it's especially important that you apply sunscreen to your face daily. Not only can the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays cause painful sunburns, but also over time, sun exposure can increase your risk of developing skin cancer and premature signs of aging. To protect your complexion in the short and long-term, you can apply a facial sunscreen daily. Walgreens carries a diverse assortment of sunscreens for the face with products to suit every skin type and tone. Explore the selection now to discover the best sunscreen for your needs available online and in our stores.
Finding the Right SPF Level
The Sun Protection Factor or SPF level of sunscreens is one of the most important things to consider when you're choosing a product to protect your face from the sun. This number tells you how much of the sun's UVB rays a product filters out. Sunscreens with higher SPF levels provide greater protection than products with lower ratings. For example, a product with an SPF of 15 protects against about 93 percent of UVB rays, while an SPF 30 formula can filter out 97 percent of UVB rays. Experts recommend choosing broad-spectrum sunscreens that also provide protection from UVA rays.
Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreens
There are two main types of facial sunscreens available: mineral and chemical. Also, sometimes called physical sunscreens, mineral sunscreens work by reflecting UV rays away from your skin. These sunscreens often contain zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or a combination of both ingredients. Chemical sunscreens absorb UV energy and convert it to heat. Common active ingredients in chemical sunscreens include oxybenzone and avobenzone.
Choosing the Best Formula
Facial sunscreens come in a number of forms, all of which can be effective when applied correctly. Lotions and creams are popular because they allow you to easily measure how much sunscreen you apply and reduce the risk of missed spots. Spray-on sunscreens simplify application and produce less mess than creams and lotions. Stick sunscreens are also neater than creams and lotions but can take more time to apply.
Products with Added Benefits
As you compare face sunscreens, keep an eye on the special features of the various products. Some facial sunscreens are waterproof, making them great for swimming or for activities that are likely to cause heavy perspiration. Moisturizing sunscreens can take the place of your daily facial moisturizer and simplify your skin care routine. Oil-free and non-comedogenic face sunscreens are a great choice for people who have oily complexions or are prone to breakouts. Tinted sunscreens provide a subtle touch of color to even out your skin tone and disguise flaws. If you have sensitive skin, look for hypoallergenic sunscreens that are made with gentle ingredients.
Getting the Most Out of Your Sunscreen
No facial sunscreen can provide benefits if used incorrectly. Experts typically recommend applying sunscreen to your face 30 minutes before you head outdoors. To continue to protect your skin from the sun, you should reapply your facial sunscreen once every two hours or more frequently if you're swimming or perspiring.