Chemical Sunscreens VS Physical Sunscreens

Sarah Robinson Skincare ,
woman putting on sunscreen

Many patients at Neu Look Med Spa ask how to choose the right sunscreen. Here are a few suggestions to help you understand your best options. Gita Izadi , NP believes that physical sunblocks are the most effective at protecting her patients skin. “Physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which work by sitting on top of the skin to deflect and scatter damaging UV rays away from the skin. They are often referred to as physical blockers”according to Renee Rouleau, Celebrity Esthetician. The pros of using physical blockers include less irritation to sensitive skin types, are effective as soon as applied to the skin, less likely to clog pores, provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays, and they have a longer shelf life. If you have melasma or rosacea which are both skin conditions aggravated by heat , a physical sunscreen is your best solution as it deflects heat and rays off of the skin.

Chemical sunscreens” contain organic (carbon-based) compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. They are often referred to as chemical or organic absorbers” Renee Rouleau explains.The pros of using a chemical sunscreen are that they tend to be a thinner, more lightweight formula and it is easier to add other beneficial skin care ingredients to these formulas. Unfortunately due to this lightweight formula, Chemical Sunscreens need to be applied more frequently and you must apply them at least 20 minutes before you are exposed to the sun.

Here at Neu Look Med Spa we have a few favorite sunscreens. The first being Obagi Sun Shield Matte SPF50. It contains Zinc Oxide and the formula is non greasy, lightweight and has a matte finish. The second sunscreen we like is Skin Ceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50. It contains both Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide. It also has a very thin texture, and works great under makeup. Come in for a FREE consultation and we can help you find the perfect sunscreen for your skin!

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