Chemical vs Physical Sunscreen – which is best?
One of the most important steps to maintaining the health and beauty of your skin is using sunscreen, ideally every single day.
There has been a long-standing debate about whether chemical or physical sunscreens are best. Both help protect skin from sun exposure, however, the difference lies in how they work i.e. either absorbing or reflecting the sun’s rays.
- Chemical sunscreens rely on chemicals like avobenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and oxybenzone to scatter or absorb the sun’s rays.
- In comparison, physical sunscreens such as Invisible Zinc Face + Body protect the skin by providing a physical barrier between the skin and the sun
Invisible Zinc contains naturally derived zinc oxide which acts as a mineral reflector on the surface of the skin providing a protective shield from the sun. Invisible Zinc Face + Body can be used every day and is 2-hour water-resistant.
No sunscreen blocks UVA and UVB rays completely so it’s important to wear protective clothing, hat, and sunglasses and minimise the time you spend in the sun, avoiding exposure between 10 am and 3 pm. Remember to apply your sunscreen 20 minutes before going outside and reapply your sunscreen after swimming, towelling or excessive sweating.
Keep in mind neither kind of sunscreen, chemical or physical, is better at protecting the skin from harmful UV rays. It all comes down to what you feel most comfortable with. For those with sensitive skin, consider a physical sunscreen like Invisible Zinc Face + Body which is less likely to cause skin irritation.
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DISCLAIMER: This editorial has been brought to you by Radiant Health. Content in this editorial is for general information only and is not intended to provide medical or other professional advice. Always read the label. Follow the directions for use. When using sunscreen always wear a hat, protective clothing and sunglasses. Avoid prolonged high-risk sun exposure. Reapply sunscreen frequently or use in accordance with directions. Radiant Health Ltd, Auckland. NZ-2019-09-0007