Sunscreen is one of those products that’s been around for decades, without changing very much. Sure, the sun protection factor (or SPF) may have improved over the years, but sunscreen is pretty much the same today as it was a century ago. But finally, at long last, things are changing a bit for this popular summertime product via the entry into the marketplace of mineral powder sunscreen.
Just as effective as traditional sunscreen lotion in offering protection from the sun, these new powder sunscreen have been growing in market share recently and have revolutionised what was a rather static market for a long time.
We all know by now the benefits of applying sunscreen before a day at the beach, or on a boat or anywhere that the sun is going to be beating down on you for hours on end. Skin cancer is a very real, very serious thing and much more preventable than it was even just a few short years ago.
Best Powder Suncreens of 2021
Colorescience Brush-On Sunscreen
On the Go Sunscreen Powder
La Bella Donna Foundation SPF 50
Brush on Block – SPF Powder
What is the Best Type of Powder Sunscreen?
This depends on each individual, but there are some guidelines to follow when determining what type of mineral sunscreen is best for you.
First, what’s your skin type? Remember that the best powder sunscreens sit on top of the skin, so they’re very good for people who have oily skin or are prone to acne.
But if your skin is dry, you’ll want to look for finer powders that contain some form of hydrating ingredient, so the application doesn’t look overly heavy.
You’ll also probably want to look for a powder SPF 30 or higher to adequately protect your skin from the sun. Also, remember that the best powder sunscreens contain the two ingredients we mentioned before – titanium dioxide and zinc oxide – as they tend to be less irritating to your skin.
Finally, as with any other sunscreen, you’re going to want to reapply the product every two or three hours to ensure that you’re adequately protected. The best powder SPF sunscreens are effective, but it’s important to note that they’re not water resistant for long periods of time.
So if you’ve taken a dip in the pool or the ocean, you’ll want to reapply once you’ve returned to your chair or to your towel on the beach. Just remember – powder SPF 30 or higher.
Is Powder Sunscreen Effective?
Yes, powdered sunscreens are effective when it comes to sun protection. But just like traditional forms of sunscreen, you need to be sure that it’s applied correctly in order to gain the maximum benefit from the product.
Have you ever returned home from the beach, having applied sunscreen at the beginning of the day, and looked in the mirror only to find a few places on your body that you obviously missed during application?
It works the same with powder sunscreen. You’ll want to be sure that you’ve applied the product correctly and effectively, remembering the ears, the hairline and the neck (get someone to help you if necessary).
Apply it thoroughly and generously and you’ll be protected for a fun day out in the summer sun.
How long does Powder Sunscreen Last?
As mentioned, it’s probably good to reapply every couple of hours if you’re out in the sun. And if you’ve gotten your body wet, reapply immediately to be sure that you’re protected moving forward.
As for how long powdered sunscreen can remain effective when stored, the answer is anywhere from one to three years. Sunscreen that’s kept in a cool, dry place will last longer than sunscreen that’s kept in a hot car or out in the hot sun.
Can Men also use Powder Sunscreen?
Of course, men can use powder sunscreen in the same way that women can. But, as we mentioned earlier, it’s definitely most effective to apply the sunscreen indoors or in the car before heading out to the pool or the beach.
Men may feel a bit like they’re applying makeup on their face, thus the hesitation for some. But while it’s applied in much the same way as makeup, the product is meant to protect you and your body from harm.
So, don’t be shy! Set a good example for the kids and demonstrate to them the importance of properly wearing sunscreen when out in the sun for long periods of time.