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Benefits of Oil-Based Sunscreen for Menopausal Dry Skin

January 26, 2024

woman in her 40s with a swipe of oil-based spf on her face

Menopausal dry skin is a common challenge that many of us face as we navigate aging. The shift in the body’s hormone levels can result in decreased oil production, leaving skin more prone to dryness, sensitivity, and environmental damage. Skincare becomes a crucial piece of managing these changes, and the choice of sunscreen becomes especially significant. We will explore the multifaceted benefits of oil-based sunscreen, and how it can be a game-changer for menopausal dry skin.

The Importance of Sun Protection

As we enter menopause, the need for effective sun protection becomes even more paramount. Hormonal changes (and a loss of estrogen and collagen) make the skin more susceptible to sun damage, accelerating the aging process and exacerbating dryness. Exposure to harmful UV rays also contributes to dark spots and fine lines. So, incorporating a robust sunscreen routine is not just about preventing sunburn; it's about safeguarding the skin's overall health and radiance. 

 

Oil-Based Sunscreen Nourishes Dry Skin

Oil-based sunscreens are the superheroes in your skincare routine. These formulations go beyond simple sun protection, providing much-needed hydration to dry skin. The moisturizing properties of oil-based sunscreens create a protective barrier, preventing moisture loss and promoting a supple complexion.  Moreover, oil-based sunscreens are versatile enough to combat environmental stressors all year. Whether it's the harsh sun rays at the beach or the combination of sun and wind while skiing down a snowy mountain, oil-based sunscreens offer comprehensive protection. The natural oils not only shield the skin but also nourish it, addressing the specific needs of menopausal dry skin.

 

SPF Ingredients: Beneficial Facial Oils and Non-Nano Zinc Oxide

Understanding the ingredients in oil-based sunscreens is key to appreciating their benefits. Facial oils, like French plum oil and avocado oil, are rich in antioxidants and fatty acids, offering protection against environmental damage while hydrating and providing moisturize. Non-nano zinc oxide is a mineral-based UV filter that provides broad-spectrum sun protection. It creates a physical barrier by sitting on top of the skin versus being absorbed into the skin like a synthetic UV filter. 

 

Using Sunscreen Effectively: Application for Maximum Benefits

Applying an oil-based sunscreen effectively every day is essential for reaping its full benefits. Did you know UVA rays (which are present rain or shine) can penetrate your skin more deeply and are the #1 cause of aging? For everyday use, apply in the morning before your makeup. Reapply if you are going to be in the sun more. If you want to minimize the white cast that zinc oxide can sometimes leave, try a tinted sunscreen. It provides all the benefits plus a radiant finish.

 

Exploring the Difference:  Oil-Based vs. Traditional Sunscreens

Traditional sunscreens rely on water-based formulations, which may not provide the level of hydration needed for menopausal dry skin. Oil-based sunscreens, on the other hand, offer a luxurious texture that not only provides sun protection, but also nourishes and rejuvenates the skin.

As women embark on the menopause journey, prioritizing sun protection becomes a cornerstone of maintaining healthy, radiant skin. Oil-based sunscreens are a holistic solution, offering not only sun protection but also essential nourishment for dry skin. We may be biased, but we love our Essential SPF and the Essential Tinted SPF as our go-to daily sunscreens. Embrace the glow and vitality that oil-based sunscreens can bring to menopausal dry skin! 

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