One of the most effective ways to keep your skin healthy is by using sun protection. We know that to keep our skin looking its best we need to use a sunscreen every day right, but which one is best for your skin type?
There are 2 types of sunscreen available - Physical and Chemical and each have their own benefits and limitations.
Physical sunscreens work by sitting on top of the skin and deflecting UV rays away from the skin with the help of active mineral ingredients such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide. A Physical Sunscreen Is naturally broad spectrum and protects from the sun as soon as it’s applied, with no need to wait. It is less likely to cause stinging on the skin, so is perfect for more sensitive skin types and for rosacea skin. It is less likely to clog pores, making it the ideal choice for blemish prone skins.
One of the challenges with a physical sunscreen is that it can rub off easily, meaning it needs to be applied more frequently.
Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing into the skin. They contain organic compounds like Oxybenzone and avobenzone which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat and then release the heat from the skin. Chemical sunscreens tend to be thinner and will spread more easily on the skin and is more suitable for daily use.
With Chemical sunscreens, you need to wait about 20 minutes before being exposed to the sun, this gives the sunscreen time to absorb into the skin. These types of sunscreen can cause skin irritation more easily, so it Is not ideal for sensitive skins.