We all know the importance of sunscreen in our day-to-day life. Sunscreens are skin-protecting formulations that must be applied to prevent adverse effects of sun rays such as premature ageing, tanning, sunburn and pigmentation.
But do you know there are two types of sunscreens: physical and chemical? If not, then we will let you know.
Here are some differences you must know between Physical and Chemical Sunscreen
|Physical Sunscreen||Chemical Sunscreen|
|Made up of minerals like titanium dioxide, zinc oxide, kaolin etc.||Made with organic compounds like Octyl salicylates, Oxybenzone, Di oxybenzone,|
|Acts like a physical barrier between the skin and sun rays.||Protects the skin by absorbing harmful sun radiation|
|Less irritating on the skin||Slightly irritant on the skin|
|Suitable for people with sensitive skin||Can cause slight reactions on sensitive skin|
|Mattifies the skin and oil-free protection||Quickly absorbs and leaves no white cast|
What to look for while choosing a sunscreen?
- Broad spectrum protection
- Leaves no white cast
- Non-comedogenic (won’t clog pores)
- Oil-free protection
Now that you know all the differences between physical and chemical sunscreen, you must know which sunscreen suits best for your skin.
When choosing sunscreen, always consider your skin type. One must opt for physical sunscreen to restore the health of the skin.
- Oily skin: If you have oily or acne-prone skin, go for sunscreens that have a mattifying, gel or water-based texture. These types of sunscreens balance the excess sebum production, don’t clog pores and make your skin less prone to acne.
- Dry skin: One must choose a sunscreen for dry skin that protects and moisturises skin, keeping you soft and supple.
Tip: Avoid sunscreen made with harmful chemicals like paraben, sulphates, alcohols, artificial fragrances and preservatives.
Recently, T.A.C sunscreens have been reviewed as one of the best physical sunscreens in the market. T.A.C Eladi Sunscreen with Neem and T.A.C Kumkumadi Sunscreen are physical sunscreens with naturally derived mineral ingredients. Both are water resistant and sweatproof. Reapply after every 4 hours for prolonged sun protection.