Chemical Sunscreen vs Physical Sunscreen

Chemical Sunscreen vs Physical Sunscreen

What’s the difference?

Did you know that there are 2 types of Sunscreens? Chemical and Physical. Which Sunscreen do you use for your skin?

What is Chemical Sunscreen?

Chemical sunscreen works like a sponge, it is absorbed into the skin and then converts UVA/UVB rays into heat. The active ingredients in chemical sunscreens include octocrylene, homosalate, avobenzone, octinoxate and oxybenzone. Chemical sunscreen has a lighter texture and is easy to apply but it can cause skin irritation, so be aware you have sensitive skin. You need to apply 20 min prior to sun exposure.

What is Physical sunscreen?

Physical sunscreen sits on top of the skin surface and reflects the UVA/UVB. This type of sunscreen uses ingredients such as titanium dioxide or Zinc Oxide. Physical sunscreen has a heavier texture and can rub off or sweat off more easily than Chemical sunscreen. It is ideal for people with sensitive skin, melasma, and children. It works straight after the application but can make the skin look chalky or silvery.

Which one lasts longer? Chemical or Physical?

Chemical sunscreen doesn’t last as long as Physical, but some Chemical sunscreens now have a stabilizing ingredient to make them last longer. Both Chemical and Physical sunscreen need to be reapplied regularly.

Which Sunscreen does Setsuko use herself and why?

I use sunscreen that contains both Physical and Chemical ingredients. The best I have found by far is Lynton Light Protect SPF 50. It doesn’t make your skin sticky and doesn’t cause a silvery chalky appearance either, but gives you great screen protection. It also contains Hyaluronic Acid to keep the moisture in the skin.

What sunscreen do you use? I would love to know your favourite Sunscreen too!

Lynton LIght Protect 50

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