Best Sunscreen Protection For Skin Care
By now, you probably already know how important it is to wear broad spectrum sunscreen every day, but did you know that there are two main types of sunscreens to choose between? The two most common types of sunscreen are chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens create a barrier on the skin that filters out UV rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb and scatter the sun’s harsh UV rays.
Each option has its own unique pros and cons, and knowing the difference can boost your skin care in Springfield Missouri this summer and beyond. Your future self will thank you.
Advanced Laser Clinic has a wide variety of suncreens for you to choose from, so let’s dive into the pros and cons of each product to determine which is the best fit for your skin care in Springfield Missouri.
Physical sunscreens are also sometimes called sun blocks. They use mineral-based ingredients, like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, to block UV rays. Physical sunscreens work by staying on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. Some of our favorites include our beloved Glo Tinted Primer with SPF, Glo Moisturizing Sheer SPF, Physical Fusion 50 and Sheer Physical UV Defense by Skinsceuticals.
Pros of Physical Sunscreens:
- Offers protection from both UVA and UVB rays.
- Safe for use on babies and during pregnancy.
- You skin is protected from the sun as soon as it’s applied. No need to wait before heading outdoors.
- Less likely to irritate sensitive skin and better for those prone to heat-activated skin conditions such as rosacea.
- Longer shelf life.
- Lasts longer when in direct UV light, but not when wet or sweating.
- Less likely to be pore-clogging, making it ideal for acne-prone skin.
Cons of Physical Sunscreens:
- More moisturizing, which can feel heavy on the skin.
- Difficult to fully blend into the skin. However, newer brands now offer matte and tinted versions, like our GLO Tinted Primer with SPF 30 or our Physical Fusion 50, that have less of a white cast and can give the skin a smooth, even appearance.
- Can rub off, sweat off and rinse off easily—more frequent application is required.
- Can appear white or chalky on the skin, especially on darker complexions or in photos.
- Can feel heavy under makeup or increase perspiration.
Chemical sunscreens, also sometimes called organic sunscreens, contain chemical compounds that absorb UV rays. These chemical compounds include formulas like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. These chemicals change UV rays into heat, which is then released from the skin and scattered.
Chemical sunscreen is a better option if you:
- Are swimming and need a water-resistant formulation.
- Play sports or sweat a lot during the day.
Pros of Chemical Sunscreens:
- Thinner and spreads on the skin like a lotion, making it ideal for daily use.
- Less is needed to protect the skin because there is no risk of spaces between the sunscreen molecules after application.
- Easier to use with other products like peptides and enzymes, giving you skincare boost in a single product.
Cons of Chemical Sunscreens:
- Comes with an increased risk of irritation and stinging both on parts it comes in contact with, including skin and eyes.
- Many ingredients are required to create both UVA and UVB protection and higher SPFs, which create additional opportunities for irritation and discomfort.
- Only becomes effective approximately 20 minutes after application.
- Associated with an increased chance of redness for rosacea-prone skin types because it changes UV rays into heat which can exacerbate flushing.
- Can clog pores and increase breakouts on acne prone skin.
Regardless of which sunscreen you choose: Glo Tinted, Glo Moisturizing, Physical Fusion 50, or Sheer Physical 50, it is important to make it part of your daily skin care routine. Regular application of sunscreen can reduce your chances of skin cancer while also prolonging the development of wrinkles and sun spots.
Let Shelly, Jill, or Cynthia at Advanced Laser Clinic help you choose the best sunscreen for your skin and protect your largest asset this summer.