Our Whole Health experts answer the most common questions about sun care products and after sun care, including local Oregon-made brands.

Healthy skin begins with protection against the sun’s harmful effects. And, while it may seem like we don’t get a whole lot of direct sunlight here in the Pacific Northwest, your skin is still exposed to harmful UV rays that peek through the clouds. Market of Choice is your one-stop destination for superior sun care and after sun care products, including after sun skincare and after sun cream. The range of products in our Whole Health Department aids in preventing sunburn, premature aging, and skin cancer. Additionally, our after sun care selections work to soothe and hydrate your skin after exposure, reducing inflammation and promoting healing. With our knowledgeable staff ready to assist, we can help you choose products tailored to your skin type and needs.

The Importance of Sun Care

Sun care is critical in maintaining healthy skin and mitigating long-term damage. It’s designed to shield your skin from harmful UV rays, minimizing sunburn and skin damage risk. Regular application of sun care products like sunscreen and after sun cream can prevent sunburns and reduce sun-related skin damage.

Understanding SPF (Sun Protection Factor) and sunscreen labels is vital. SPF indicates protection level against UVB rays, the primary cause of sunburn. Higher SPF values offer more protection, but no sunscreen can block 100% of UV rays. Labels also provide information about water resistance and broad-spectrum protection. Water-resistant sunscreens like Hawaiian Tropic are perfect for water-based activities, while broad-spectrum sunscreens offer comprehensive coverage against both UVA and UVB rays. Here are a few of our favorite brands of sun care products at Market of Choice.

Alba Botanica Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

This broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is water resistant and biodegradable, so it’s good for your skin and for the earth. Because it’s also hypoallergenic and fragrance-free, this formula is a great choice for sensitive skin types. And its quick-drying, non-greasy formula leaves your skin feeling moisturized and healthy, not sticky or greasy.

Badger Mineral Sunscreen

The unique quality of this broad spectrum SPF 50 sunscreen is that it contains zinc oxide which protects even the deeper layers of skin from UVA, UVB, and UVC rays. It’s also made with 98% organic ingredients, hypoallergenic, unscented, water resistant and reef safe, so it’s a great choice if ocean swimming is on your summer bucket list.

Mad Hippie Luminizing Facial SPF

If you’re like most people, you wonder what the best sunscreen is to put on your face. We get it, you don’t want an unexpected breakout, or clogged pores. Fortunately, Mad Hippie makes a lightweight, clear zinc sunscreen that’s safe for your facial skin, and it’s slightly shimmery for a nice, effortless glow. Plus, it’s made locally in Oregon so you can feel good knowing you’re supporting our local economy.

After Sun Care: A Skin Savior

Sometimes, despite your best efforts, you still end up with sun-kissed skin, especially if you stay outside for a long period of time. After sun care can be a real saving grace, minimizing sun-induced damage and promoting skin healing. These products are specially formulated to replenish moisture, reduce redness, inflammation, and discomfort.

Ingredients like aloe vera, known for anti-inflammatory properties, can help soothe irritated skin. After sun skincare products also promote skin repair and prevent peeling. Antioxidants and vitamins in these products support the skin’s natural healing process. Here are a few of our picks for after sun care.

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Lotion Moisturizer

This thick and creamy lotion has an exotic coconut scent that leaves your skin smelling like a tropical paradise. It’s enriched with coconut oil, shea butter and avocado oil for ultimate soothing, healing and moisturizing.

Sun Bum Cool Down Gel

This soothing, aloe-based gel is enriched with essential tea tree oil for relief from dry, sun damaged skin. Plus, it prevents peeling and preserves your glowing tan, so you’ll look like you just got back from a tropical vacation.

Badger Aloe Vera After Sun Gel

This soothing gel is made with 96% pure, organic fair trade aloe juice which is as close as you can get to breaking off a leaf of an aloe plant. Lightweight, it easily absorbs into the skin leaving no sticky or oily residue behind. And, it’s hypoallergenic so it’s great for acne-prone or sensitive skin.

Selecting Suitable After Sun Care Products

Choosing the right after sun care products, including after sun skincare and after sun cream, can promote healing and minimize sunburn effects. Look for ingredients like aloe vera, known for its soothing and moisturizing properties, chamomile extract for its anti-inflammatory benefits, and vitamin E, which aids in repairing damaged skin cells.

If you’re unsure about choosing between a lotion and a gel, just think about your specific needs. Lotions offer a lightweight, hydrating formula, while gels provide a cooling sensation ideal for sunburned skin.

Consider your skin type and specific concerns when selecting sun care and after sun care products. For dry skin, opt for a product offering intense hydration. Sensitive skin types should choose gentle formulas free from harsh chemicals and fragrances. At Market of Choice, our knowledgeable staff is here to help you find the sun care and after sun care products that fit your skin type and needs.

Published On: June 5th, 2024

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