There is a lot of confusion when it comes to sunscreen. One of the most common questions is, “what are the differences between a physical sunscreen and a chemical sunscreen?” Here is a quick and easy guide in the major differences in these types of sunscreens.
Physical sunscreen: Deflects the sun rays off the skin to protect it from the sun’s UVA and UVB rays.
-A physical sunscreen contains a zinc oxide or/and titanium dioxide.
-One of the best perks of a physical sunscreen is that is works instantly. There is no wait time between applying the sunscreen and going outdoors.
-Physical sunscreens also are more stable than a chemical sunscreen and generally safe to use.
Chemical Sunscreen: Absorbs sun rays and acts as a filter.
-A Chemical Sunscreen contains any of the following: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.
-Not as stable and may cause irritation.
-Must wait 20 minutes after applying before going outdoors.
-Chemical sunscreens are very controversial right now and how your body absorbs these chemicals and how these chemicals are affecting our bodies in the long run.