Physical Sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreens

  • Posted on: Jul 15 2018
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Skin Care Manhattan, NYThere is one step of your skincare that you should never miss: putting on sunscreen. Whether you’re headed to the pool or just going about your normal routine this summer, you should be applying sunscreen on your face and neck every day. Why? Because sunscreen helps prevent skin cancer and signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles. In fact, we believe so firmly in sunscreen because we want you to see the best results from your skincare treatments.

Physical Sunscreens

These sunscreens might be less exciting to apply, since they tend to be a bit thicker and feel uncomfortable on the skin. Another big con when it comes to physical sunscreen filters is how often they leave a white cast on the skin. It’s one thing to have a ghostly face at the beach when everyone else does too, but it can be a little annoying for everyday wear.

Chemists have found ways to improve on these sunscreens, so you may find the perfect silky sunscreen with physical filters.

Chemical Sunscreens

There are so many chemical sunscreen options out there, that it can be difficult to know which is best for you. Certain ingredients are better than others. For example, did you know that Hawaii recently banned sunscreens that contain oxybenzone and octinoxate, as they contribute to the demise of coral reefs? These two ingredients, along with Octocrylene, are also linked to sunscreen allergies so be careful when buying new sunscreens. Essentially, your skin can become irritated when some chemicals in the sunscreen react to UV rays (photo-instability), creating a new irritating substance.

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.

Keep your skin as youthful as possible by preventing any more UV damage with a good sunscreen today. If you’re still trying to fight hyperpigmentation or other UV damage, give us a call today at (312) 971-6902 to schedule a consultation! A chemical peel or laser treatment might help.

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