What are the Benefits of Physical Sunscreens?
- Posted on: Aug 15 2018
Those song lyrics, “I’ve got sunshine on a cloudy day,” might not be specifically referring to the sun and damaging UV rays, but we have to point out that it’s a pretty accurate statement. As skincare enthusiasts, we know that the UV rays that increase risk of premature aging (like fine lines, wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation) can cut through clouds, car windshields and even many windows in offices. Talk about avoiding sun damage with us and you might just end up in a longer conversation than you bargained for!
Thankfully, we live in a time with plenty of sun blocking options to keep those harmful rays at bay, no matter where we go. We’re careful to bring sunglasses and wide-brimmed hats while we’re out, and we wear sunscreen every day (no matter if it’s pouring rain outside). But, did you know that there are two main types of sunscreen: chemical and physical? Keep reading to learn about each type of sunscreen and its benefits.
Physical sunscreens are also called mineral sunscreens. These rely on Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide as their active ingredients. Physical sunscreens have been around for a long time, and you might remember seeing a thick white paste on sunbathers’ noses back in the day. That’s Zinc and, yes it does work to block out the sun. In fact, physical sunscreens reflect or bounce UV rays off of your skin.
These sunscreens are great for people with sensitive skin, since they tend to be less aggravating than other types of sunscreen.
Chemical sunscreens are newer to the scene, but have more elegant formulations than physical sunscreens. This is because chemical filters can be made to be more sheer, and they also tend to be easier to blend into the skin.
These sunscreens work well for people who want to wear sunscreen everyday, but just can’t handle a thicker formulation (that many physical sunscreens will have).
Wearing sunscreen can help prolong the anti-aging treatments you invest in with us. Call us at (212) 249-0066 to schedule a consultation and make sure to ask about follow up care.