Wait What? There are Two Types of Sunscreens?

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You just pick one off the shelf and it’ll do the job right? With Summer fast approaching the northern hemisphere and Winter upon us in the southern, you still need to slip, slop, slap, seek, slide.

Let me learn you a thing or two about the basic chemistry build up of sunscreens and their types. I really don’t know why my teachers decided I couldn’t do Chemistry in High School when I really wanted too lol.

Let’s get straight to the point

Yes, they’ll both protect you from UVA and UVB rays from the sun. But it’s the way they work that makes them different. Ultimately a physical sunscreen will protect your skin more than a chemical sunscreen.

*bell rings* Chemistry Period Is Now In Session!

Chemical Sunscreens

Common ingredients include but not limited to:

  • Butly methoxydiebzoylmethane
  • Homosalate
  • Octly Salicylate
  • Octocrylene
  • Oxybenzone

Once applied, they work to absorb the UVA and UVB rays into the skin. Then it does this really awesome thing where it converts it to heat and releases it from the skin. Kind of like how trees absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen in return.

This can be problematic if you suffer from a skin condition like Rosacea that is easily aggravated by heat. So you may do better with the following sunscreen. Read on.

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Dare to Bare, naked skin

Physical Sunscreen

Common ingredients (usually always one) include but not limited to:

  • Zinc Oxide

Once applied, works as a physical shield to mask your face therefore stopping the penetration of the suns harmful rays and reflecting them off your skin.

Unfortunately zinc leaves a white cast in it’s true form and it’s difficult to not look like Casper. Even I with fairer skin look a bit strange. This may not be the best sunscreen to apply to deeper skin tones as it has a lot of white cast residue.

When To Use It In Your Routine?

Apply after moisturiser has fully dried. Do not mix with any other product as it will lose its potency.

Why Sunscreen Everyday?

Protect your skin from UVA rays which cause aging and UVB rays which cause burns thata can lead to skin cancers. Also, if you’re a fellow sufferer of PIH (post inflammatory hyperpigmentation) you’ll want to slather on the sunscreen to stop the sun from damaging the skin further prolonging their appearance on your skin.

Even if you plan to spend the day indoors or go out on an overcast day, the UVA and UVB rays are still able to damage your skin. Just get into the habit of putting it on as you would a part of your regular skin care or makeup routine.

Re-apply!

Remember to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day as sunscreens begin to lose their effectiveness after a few hours. If you’re wearing makeup, you can still pat the sunscreen into the skin to avoid it pilling up.

I hope you enjoyed the post on sunscreen! Do you use sunscreen everyday? Comment below πŸ™‚

As always, love your health!

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