Physical sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreen

Physical sunscreen vs Chemical Sunscreen

Many still wonder what the most basic skincare product that they should have. According to dermatologists, you should never skip your sunscreen during the day, unlike moisturiser, where you can skip it, but not sunscreen.

If you are new or still looking for the right sunscreen, this skin education is definitely for you. This time, we will explain the two types of sunscreens that are available as active ingredients. For your information, active ingredients in sunscreen will create UV filters to reflect or absorb harmful UV rays from penetrating your skin.

Mineral sunscreen (also known as physical sunscreen)

This type of sunscreen will sit on top of our skin surface and act as physical sunscreen by deflecting the harmful UV rays from penetrating our skin. This sunscreen will protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays. While mineral sunscreens may leave white casts on your skin, it is also more suitable for sensitive skin as it does not sit in the deeper layers of skin.

Types of mineral sunscreen: Zinc oxide, titanium dioxide

Chemical sunscreen

Chemical sunscreen will be absorbed into our skin and sit in the deeper layers. Once the UV hits your skin, chemical sunscreen will absorb the UV rays and change them into heat. They will then release the heat from the skin. Due to its ability to sit deeper in the skin, this sunscreen is needed to be applied in a smaller amount for protection. The consistency of a sunscreen that contains chemical sunscreen is also thinner and more suitable for oily skin. Chemical sunscreen also has transparent texture and leave no white residue.

Types of chemical sunscreen: Octocrylene, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, oxybenzone, avobenzone

Additional information: Hybrid sunscreen

Have you heard about hybrid sunscreen? Hybrid sunscreen is a type of sunscreen product that contains both physical and chemical sunscreen. This type of sunscreen is made to be broad spectrum. This is also one of the best sunscreens for almost all skin types.

Which one is your favourite sunscreen? Physical, chemical, or hybrid?


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