Physical and Chemical Sunscreen from Dear Klairs, Full Comparison
Jul 07 2020
By. Claudia Christin
Jul 14 2020
Looking for sunscreen is like looking for a soulmate. It has to be one you feel most comfortable to be yourself, compliment your personality, and also one you are willing to commit with. Sunscreen has to feel comfortable on your skin, complement your skin type, and has a favorable texture so that you’re willing to apply and reapply enough sunscreen whenever needed (which is every single day). Just like looking for a soulmate, it is not an easy task. The number of sunscreen options out there can be overwhelming.
To get things started, let us first take the first step to find your sunscreen soulmate by getting to know and understand them better. We are here as your sunscreen match-maker and we are going to guide you on finding the perfect match for you!
This label on the front packaging of your sunscreen reflects the amount of protection that it provides for our skin.
• Measures: How long your skin can handle UV-rays before it turned brown compared to bare skin
Reflects The amount of protection to UVA. PA is used in Japanese or Korean sunscreen to measure how long your skin turned brown compared to bare skin. PA is considered a simplified version of the PPD (persistent pigment darkening) measurement used in Europe.
✓ One plus (+) = 2 – 4 PPD
✓ Two plus (++) = 4 – 8 PPD
✓ Three plus (+++) = 8 – 16 PPD
✓ Four plus (++++) = > 16 PPD
This is a label that is commonly found in US sunscreen. This reflects the qualitative protection of the sunscreen from UVA and UVB.
Also commonly known as a physical sunscreen. This contains mineral UV filters such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. These two mineral filters are known for their broad-spectrum protection to both UVA and UVB. They are less likely to cause irritation on your skin and leave more of a matte finish. One of their major downfalls is that they may not have the most elegant texture and tend to leave some white cast. However, it seems like, with the advancement of formulation, the texture of mineral sunscreen is getting better and leaves less whitecast compared to conventional sunscreen. Most of them tend to leave a “tone-up” effect rather than a white pasty film on top of your skin.
The so-called chemical sunscreen. It involved all carbon-containing compounds UV filter. Some of the most commonly used organic filters are: avobenzone, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and the list goes on. Expect to see more and more chemical filters in the near future for a better sunscreen experience. The good thing about organic sunscreen is that it has an elegant texture. It spreads and feels like a moisturizer while at the same time also leaves zero whitecast. Their dewy and moisturizing finish make them a great primer-like product before your makeup. The downside of chemical sunscreen is their higher chance to cause irritation for sensitive skin and some of the UV filters have limited range of protection, therefore chemical sunscreen usually uses a combination of filters to give the most protection.
Some sunscreen also incorporates both inorganic and organic filters into their sunscreen, called hybrid. Most of the time this is done to minimize the drawback while maximizing each of their potentials. There is not much of a character that can be drawn from this since it is very dependent on the concentration of each of the filters in the formulation.
The American Academy of Dermatology recommends everyone use a sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30. However, since sunscreen wears off due to sweating and also sebum production throughout the day, it is always better to aim for the highest amount of protection. The next thing that you should note is that they should be labeled as broad-spectrum or with their PA level to ensure UVA and UVB protection
There are a lot of options for sunscreen out there with different textures and finish. It is important to find one that your skin feels comfortable in. While drier skin type may appreciate a creamier and occlusive sunscreen to lock in that extra moisture, oily skin may prefer a light gel-cream texture that doesn’t feel suffocating on the skin. Find the one with texture and finish that your skin is most comfortable in so that you can apply enough sunscreen every single day and don’t feel pressured to reapply in the middle of the day when needed.
Now, that you get to know the meaning and characteristic behind each sunscreen, the ideal type of sunscreen, we hope it makes it easier for you to find your sunscreen-soulmate. Don’t forget to wear your sunscreen every day!
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