Wearing sunscreen to protect yourself and prevent skin cancer is essential, regardless of your skin type or condition. However, with the variety of sunscreen choices, which do you choose? Which kind is best for optimal sun protection: chemical or physical sunscreen? The skincare specialists at Belladerm MedSpa are here to cover the debate: chemical sunscreen vs. physical sunscreen. Continue reading to learn about the pros and cons of each and identify which you should choose for skin protection.
What is Chemical Sunscreen?
Chemical sunscreen is a popular type of sunscreen that protects your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Unlike physical sunscreen, which creates a barrier on the skin’s surface, chemical sunscreen contains ingredients that absorb UV rays and convert them into heat energy, which is then released from the skin. Chemical sunscreen is typically easier to apply and is less visible on the skin compared to physical sunscreen. It also provides broad-spectrum protection against both UVA and UVB rays, making it an ideal choice for daily use.
Belladerm Chemical Sunscreen Offerings
- SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 32, Tinted
- SkinMedica Essential Defense Mineral Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 32, Untinted
- Colorescience Face Shield
- Colorescience Face Shield Glow
- iS Clinical Perfect Tint Powder
What is Physical Sunscreen?
Physical sunscreen is a type of sunscreen that works by creating a physical barrier on the surface of the skin to reflect and scatter the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. This type of sunscreen contains active ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, which are natural minerals that form a protective layer on the skin.
Physical sunscreen is often recommended for people with sensitive skin, as it is less likely to cause irritation compared to chemical sunscreen. It’s also effective immediately upon application, providing instant protection against the sun’s rays. It’s important to note that regardless of the type of sunscreen you use, wearing sunscreen daily is crucial to protecting your skin from UV damage and reducing the risk of skin cancer.
Which Sunscreen Should I Use?
At Belladerm MedSpa, we understand that choosing between physical and chemical sunscreen can be overwhelming. The truth is that both types of sunscreen can be effective in protecting your skin from UV damage, and the best choice ultimately depends on your individual needs and preferences. If you have sensitive skin or are prone to skin irritation, a physical sunscreen may be a better option for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a lightweight, easy-to-apply option, chemical sunscreen may be a better fit.
Regardless of which type of sunscreen you choose, the most important thing is that you wear it every day to protect your skin from the damaging effects of the sun. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, our skincare specialists are here to help you make the best choice for your skin with a complimentary consultation.
Don’t forget that May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month, so make sure to spread the word! This month you can get 15% off any Belladerm MedSpa sunscreen to help keep your skin safe and healthy.