Sunscreen vs Sunblock. Which one is better?

Sunscreen vs Sunblock. Which one is better?

Skincare products are vast in terms of choices. They range from cleansers, toners, serums, moisturisers, and sunscreens. When we talk about sunscreens, one of the most common questions is, "what are the differences between sunscreen and sunblock? Which one should I use?"

In Alluskin, we will keep on educating you about skincare. Thus, you will find the answers by reading this article.

Sunscreen is a term previously used for a product that contains chemical sunscreen as UV filters. If you are still unsure what is a chemical sunscreen, kindly read it here - Physical sunscreen vs chemical sunscreen

While sunblock used to be a famous term to promote a skincare product that can block and filter UV rays, and it usually contains physical sunscreen as the UV filters. However, there are many arguments between scientists and dermatologists regarding the use of the term. It is so because no product can block 100% of the UV rays from harming our skin.

Almost about 10 years ago, you will find both sunscreens and sunblocks in your nearest drugstores. If you notice today, most of the products available in drugstores are sunscreens, not sunblocks.

The FDA also outlawed the word sunblock back in 2013 because they feel that the term gave false security to the consumers, whereby they are fully protected from the UV rays, and there is no need to reapply. Therefore, sunblock is no longer allowed to be used with labeling of approved products.

So, which one is better? Well, both of the terms do the same thing to your skin. However, sunscreen is the correct term for a sun-protection product. Hope it helps!

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