Protecting your skin from the sun is one of the most important components of skin care, and the strongest defense tool when it comes to premature ageing.
Sunblock lingos can be confusing, and there’s a lot of information out there about the various types and which one is best.
Today, we’re going to answer your questions about what chemical sunblock, physical sunblock, and hybrid sunblock do for protecting your skin from UV, and how they’re different.
1. Chemical Sunblock
Chemical sunscreen uses active ingredients to absorb the sun rays, turn them into heat, and then release the heat through the skin. They contain one or more of the following ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, or octinoxate.
They’re lighter and more sheer but can be irritating if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. Therefore, we suggest using chemical sunblocks if you already have fairly healthy skin.
2. Physical Sunblock
Physical sunblock consists of active ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide and more and more brands have been rolling out products that are easy to apply and look great. While it works immediately when applied, it’s prone to wearing off easily compared to chemical sunblocks.