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is the best sunscreen?" because different people with different skin types and lifestyles will have different sunscreens that work better for them. One of the big questions you should be thinking about when choosing the best sunscreen for you is "chemical or physical?". In this article we will discuss the pros and cons of both physical and chemical sunscreens so you can decide which one is better for you and your skin.


Sunscreen is so important when it comes to protecting our skin. Even if you're not planning to be out in the sun you should wear sunscreen daily as part of your skin care routine because too much sun exposure can lead to premature signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and hyperpigmentation. There are so many different types of sunscreen out there so it may feel daunting to choose one that'll keep your skin safe from UV rays. There is no one answer to "what

When trying out a new sunscreen it is a good idea to do a small patch test on your neck or under your chin to make sure you don't have any sensitivity to it. 

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Chemical Vs. Physical Sunscreen

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Chemical sunscreens contain organic compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone. These compounds create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. They are also called chemical absorbers​.

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 also called physical blockers.