What Is Powdered Sunscreen? Andrea’s Guide to Mineral Powder SPFs…
Have you heard of mineral powder sunscreens?
We ask Andrea if a powder provides the same protection as a cream or lotion based sunscreen?
In my opinion, powder sunscreens are great as long as you’re not using the powder product only, especially during the summer time when the sun is much stronger.
It’s not because creams are better than powders – the ingredients are the same – the issue relates to application.
With a powder a swipe of powder is blotted on to the skin so it is likely that there is not enough to properly protect the skin.
There is no real way of knowing whether the product has been applied adequately or with the correct amount to rely on it for as much protection as a cream.
I think powder based sunscreens are ideal for re-application over makeup or topping up your protection throughout the day.
Application is so much easier, less messy and they are ideal to have in your handbag.
Powder sunscreens are great for acne skin types as many acne suffers hate the thought of applying creams to their skin throughout the day.
They are also great for using on kids, as I know from experience with my own boys who hate having sunscreen applied but never object to the powder!
Here are my useful powder sunscreen tips:
– Make sure you apply your broad spectrum sunscreen in the morning and then use the powder as a top-up throughout the day
– I would recommend ‘two passes’ when applying powdered sunscreens
– Sunscreens should last for at least 1 year from opening, but don’t use out of date sunscreens
My favourite Mineral powdered sunscreens:
ColoreScience Sunforgettable SPF 30 & SPF 50
– Available in shades Fair/Medium/Tan/Deep
– Infrared radiation
– Blue (HEV) light
– UVA/UVB rays
Brush on Block SPF 30
– Ideal for all skin types
– Contains Antioxidants
– SPF 30 Broad Spectrum Protection
– Available in Translucent & Tan