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Powder Sunscreen, Are They Effective?

Nowadays, sunscreen formulas have evolved so much that it is becoming easier to use SPF every day, whether in spray, lotion, cream, or even powder.

Powder Sunscreen, Are They Effective?

What is powder sunscreen?

It is a sunscreen that has a texture very similar to that of a setting powder. They are ideal for summer, as they are light and mattify the skin. These are the simplest and most practical to apply. These are simply applied like makeup.

Is it effective?

Yes, but as long as they are used for reapplication or as a touch-up every 2 hours after the first application of traditional liquid sunscreen. It should never be applied as a primary sunscreen because they have less absorption capacity into the skin. Generally, their SPF level is lower, so they are recommended mainly for indoor use rather than outdoor activities. 

What to look for in these types of formulations?

  • Products containing a minimum SPF of 30+.
  • It should be broad-spectrum (protecting against UVA and UVB rays).
  • If you have sensitive skin, look for formulas that contain zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.
  • Containing ceramide or hyaluronic acid to hydrate the skin and antioxidants (vitamin E, vitamin C) for their anti-aging properties and help fight free radicals.
  • Bonus points if it contains iron oxide/iron oxide to protect skin from blue light.

Also Read: What Is Hyaluronic Acid, and How Can We Recover It for Fresher and Youthful Skin?

Dr. Angelica Parra is a Licensed Medical Doctor from Venezuela and is currently taking a Master’s degree in Dermatology.  She specialized in Aesthetic Medicine and completed Advanced Training in Non-surgical Facial Rejuvenation in Miami, Florida. She has specialized in applying Botox, dermal fillers, skin tightening treatments, and since then, she has worked on cruise ships as an Aesthetic Doctor.


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