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Physical Sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreens

Jul 15 2018

Skin Care Products | My Beauty MD | Danville, CAWhy spend so much time and energy (not to mention money) on the best skincare products and treatments, if you’re just going to go out into the sun without protection? The sun can undo that hard work, so keep reading to learn all about the best sunscreens for your face.

Physical Sunscreens

Sometimes referred to as “Mineral Sunscreens,” physical sunscreens use a physical filter to protect you from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Since there are so few active physical sunscreen ingredients, chances are very good that these include Zinc Oxide (remember that colorful, thick paste we used to put on our noses? That’s Zinc) and/or Titanium Dioxide. These filters are better for sensitive skin and can be more photostable (meaning that the product continues to act the same, even when it’s exposed to the sun).

Thankfully, chemists have come up with better formulas in recent years, so you’re more likely to find a smoother, silkier sunscreen with physical filters these days.

Chemical Sunscreens

Yes, we’ve come a long way since the days of a thick white paste smothered on our noses when we go to the beach. Chemical sunscreens are those that contain active UV filters consisting of anything other than Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide. Everything else is a chemical, though that shouldn’t scare you off. Chemical sunscreens are often thinner than physical sunscreens and are less likely to leave you with a white cast (or a ghostly pallor). Also, because they will likely be more pleasant to apply, they could mean less sun damage to your beautiful skin down the road.

Above all, take care of your skin by wearing sunscreen and reapplying it in the middle of the day. If you’re still looking for that perfect sunscreen, bring a hat and sunglasses along to keep your skin protected from harmful UV rays.

Schedule a Consultation

If you’re interested in keeping your skin as youthful as possible, consider investing in some sunscreen as soon as possible. Already have some damage from the sun, like hyperpigmentation? A chemical peel or laser treatment might be just the thing to reveal brighter skin. Give us a call today at (925) 838-4900 and we can schedule a consultation for you!

Category: Skin Care Products

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