Beauty Dictionary: U for UV Protection

Earlier, we touched on how melanin is formed and how dark spots and pigmentation appears when you're older if you don't apply sunscreen. This is an brief explanation of how sunscreen works and the best ways you can protect your skin.

Beauty Dictionary: U for UV Protection

There are two different types of sunscreen: chemical and physical. Chemical sunscreens often contain active ingredients like Octylcrylene, Avobenzone, Octinoxate, Octisalate and Oxybenzone. They work to absorb UV rays and are usually colourless and odorless, making them ideal for adding into foundations and makeup primers.

Physical sunscreen contains actives like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which reflects and blocks UV rays. They are often responsible for leaving a white cast after application.

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