You can’t have summertime without a whole lot of sunscreen. And since sunscreen is the staple of the summer season, the options are endless. Sunscreen now comes in so many different forms, sizes, colors, textures etc. that it becomes hard to choose which SPF is right for you. A good place to start when narrowing down your choices is to decide whether you want a physical or chemical sunscreen. But wait, what’s the difference? Which one is better?
Here are the answers to some questions you may have regarding physical and chemical SPF…
What is the difference?
A physical sunscreen protects your skin by deflecting/blocking the sun’s rays. Such sunscreen acts as a shield that does not allow the sun’s rays to penetrate your skin whatsoever. Physical sunscreen contains active mineral ingredients. These ingredients are naturally broad spectrum, meaning they combat both UVA and UVB rays.
A chemical sunscreen protects your skin by absorbing the sun’s rays. Such a sunscreen converts the sun’s rays into heat that is then dispersed throughout the skin. Chemical sunscreens require numerous ingredients in order to attain broad spectrum coverage.
Which SPF offers better protection from the sun?
Physical sunscreens begin to work immediately upon application, while chemical sunscreens begin to work after about twenty minutes after application. Chemical sunscreens do not wear off as easily as physical sunscreens and are more water resistant. You will find you need to reapply physical sunscreen more often. Both types of sunscreen protect against UVA and UVB rays. Whichever you choose, just make sure it is classified as broad spectrum.
Which SPF is better for the skin?
If you have sensitive skin, a physical sunscreen is probably the better choice of the two. Chemical sunscreens are known to cause far more skin irritations and allergic reactions. We have all experienced the stinging and burning of our eyes from chemical sunscreens at one point or another. (And to think, it could have all been avoided if we just chose the physical sunscreen.) Chemical sunscreens also generate free radicals, which are known to age the skin.
Which SPF won’t clog my pores?
In my experience, I have always had problems with chemical sunscreen clogging my pores. Physical sunscreen does not break me out so I only use such on my face (Check out my holy grail facial moisturizer HERE). If mineral makeup causes you to break out, then physical sunscreen may also do the same due to the titanium dioxide. Everyone’s skin is different so you will just have to see what works best for your skin type.
So, which is better? Physical or chemical sunscreen?
The choice is truly yours when it comes to deciding between physical or chemical sunscreen as we all have our own individual preferences.
Wearing sunscreen, whether it be physical or chemical, is always a GREAT choice!