As much as sunscreen is a necessity, its chalky white cast can make you avoid it. This is more troublesome with a darker complexion. Let’s understand why some sunscreens leave this cast and how to avoid them.
You might have observed that sunscreens often leave behind a chalky cast. It might not be visible after application, but you might notice it once you experience sun exposure. But that’s not an excuse to stop applying sunscreen. You have to understand why you get that effect. Although physical sunscreens might be better because they don’t penetrate your skin, mostly, these sunscreens leave you with white residues. This is most common with those sunscreens that bear zinc oxide or titanium oxide as the main ingredient. Although it is a bit annoying, that’s how these ingredients provide sun protection.
Therefore, you have some options to counter that casting effect. Most commonly, you either change your sunscreen to a chemical one or cover this white residue with makeup. On the other hand, some sunscreens are specifically designed to avoid the white cast, so you can invest in them too. Moreover, several tinted sunscreens are available that will not leave you any white residues.
About the Author: Dr. Iqra Mubashar is a registered Pharmacist originally from Lahore, Pakistan. She has earned her pharmacy degree from the University of veterinary and animal sciences, Lahore. She has completed her internship as a trainee from Children hospital, Lahore. She has completed her research work in clinical pharmacy and pharmaceutics. She has worked as a healthcare documentation head in Al-Qasim enterprises, Islamabad. She has specialized in prescription handling, drugs information, literature research, patient counseling and pharmaceutical care planning. Her research work on coronavirus is under publication.