Tips for choosing a good sunscreen

The sun has multiple benefits for our health and wellbeing. However, prolonged exposure to the sun's rays can lead to skin cancer or photoaging in the form of wrinkles and dark spots. To reduce these risks, it is advisable to use a sunscreen suitable for your skin type on a daily basis. If you're interested in learning how to properly choose a sunscreen, MartiDerm shares tips on finding the option that's right for you.

Sunscreen is a must in your toiletry bag. It should be used daily throughout the year, especially in the summer months when temperatures rise, the sun's rays fall directly on the earth and we tend to do more outdoor activities.

How to choose the right sunscreen for your skin?

Each person's skin is different and has specific needs. So before selecting your next sunscreen, consider the following factors:

Skin type

We know there are thousands of sunscreens on the market. But which one is right for your skin type? This is what you should ask yourself before choosing your new facial sunscreen.

When looking for the ideal product for your face, filter the options you are interested in according to whether you have dry, normal, oily or combination skin. This will ensure the sunscreen does its job and enable you to enjoy optimum results. It's also a good idea to select a sunscreen with moisturising properties to keep your skin protected and hydrated at all times.

Sun Protection Factor

The sun protection factor (SPF as we all know it) is crucial to understanding how to protect ourselves from sun damage. SPF refers to the amount of time a sunscreen can protect us: the higher the SPF, the longer the protection.

Protection from UVA, UVB, visible and infrared light

Another point to consider when choosing sunscreen is its spectrum, or ability to protect against the following external factors:

  • UVA rays: ultraviolet A radiation refers to the invisible rays that come from the sun or from artificial tanning devices. These rays have the ability to penetrate deep into the layers of our skin, so prolonged exposure can cause premature skin aging or different types of cancer.
  • UVB rays: ultraviolet B radiation also comes from the sun, but in this case it can cause sunburn, skin thickening, melanoma or other types of skin cancer.
  • Visible light: this is the light our eyes perceive on a daily basis. It includes blue light, also known as "high-energy visible light" (HEV). Blue light comes from our electronic devices and its long-term consequences include skin discolouration and the stimulation of photoaging.
  • Infrared light: infrared radiation is not visible to our eyes but we can feel it, as it generates heat. This type of light can cause loss of collagen and elastin, essential components for skin firmness and elasticity.

Texture and type of finish

We should use sunscreen every day of the year, so look for products that are comfortable to apply to your skin. In this sense, there are certain features to consider when selecting the ideal product.

Make sure you know the texture and type of finish so you feel comfortable after application. This generally means sunscreen with a light texture and that is fast absorbing.

To prevent shine on your face, look for mattifying products to help control this, especially during the hotter seasons. Finally, check that the sunscreen leaves no residue or sticky feel to ensure your comfort throughout the day.

Type of environment

To select your new sunscreen and stay protected 365 days a year, you can also consider the type of where environment you usually wear sunscreen:

  • ● At the beach or pool: if you're already planning your afternoons at the beach or pool this summer, think about buying a broad-spectrum, high SPF (30, 50 or more) and water-resistant sunscreen.
  • ● For outdoor activities: if you do sports, cycling or long outdoor activities, we suggest looking for a 30 or 50 SPF sunscreen that is sweat-resistant and able to keep you protected against UVA and UVB rays.
  • ● City-living: if you get around town on a daily basis, you can choose a facial sunscreen with moisturising properties or a tinted one that also conceals blemishes.
Photo-Active Shield Tech Technology Steps

MartiDerm sunscreen - perfect for your skin

At MartiDerm, we want to share with you the properties of our sunscreens that you can leverage to achieve high protection for longer thanks to Photo-Active Shield Tech® technology.

Photo-Active Shield Tech® is an exclusive technology developed by MartiDerm that activates when exposed to the sun.

  1. Activation: boosts protection when exposed to the sun.
  2. Protection: delivers high protection with a lower concentration of filters.
  3. Stability: maintains high protection for longer.

Here are two of the products from MartiDerm's Sun Care range, formulated using this innovative technology that you can pop into your toiletry bag this summer:

Active [D] Fluid SPF50+

Active [D] Fluid SPF50+ facial sunscreen has a fluid, alcohol-free and fast-absorbing texture. 81%* of the volunteers who tried it said it left their skin more hydrated. Its formula includes vitamin D-like, an active that helps maintain the skin barrier function. Plus it doesn't sting the eyes and is water-resistant.

It is recommended for daily use and suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. This facial sunscreen offers broad-spectrum protection (UVA, UVB, HEV and IR). In fact, 94%* of people who used it say it is suitable for sports.

Active [D] Fluid Facial Sunscreen SPF50+

Active [D] Body Lotion SPF50+

If you're after a lightweight body sunscreen perfect for the family (children from 3 years old), Active [D] Body Lotion SPF50+ by MartiDerm has everything you need: very high body protection, water resistance, invisible finish (93%**), lightweight, fluid texture (90%**) and fast absorption (93%**). This body sunscreen helps protect the skin from the sun's rays and keeps it moisturised (95%** of volunteers said their skin felt more hydrated).

Active [D] Body Lotion SPF50+ also helps you reduce the environmental impact. It comes in packaging made with 50% less plastic than conventional packaging and its cap is produced under an eco-design concept that harnesses the size to reduce plastic content.

Active [D] Body Lotion SPF50+

Both products in the Sun Care range are sea-friendly, in other words, they use a lower concentration of filters that are harmful to the oceans and seas. Therefore, using them will mean you are helping to care for the environment.

Follow the tips shared in this article and choose the sunscreen that will let you enjoy the sun safely while keeping your skin healthy and protected.


*Use test under dermatological and ophthalmological control. Subjective assessments. Ref: VV_CC-HUT/30XT2(DF)A_071_21_002.

*Use test under dermatological control. Subjective assessment. Ref: E220380.

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