Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Chemical vs. Physical Suncreens

Here's one for ya!

She was obviously more concerned with finding the LARGEST pair of sunglasses she could wear that day...
ANYWAYS... Sunscreen works in one of two ways: Chemical sunscreens are filters. They reduce the amount of destructive UV radiation that gets through to your skin. Chemical sunscreens generally contain chemicals (duh!) that absorb both UVB (remember B = Burning) and UVA (remember A = aging) radiation.

On the other hand, physical sunscreens are sunblocks. As suggested by the name, they provide a physical barrier from UVA and UVB light.

Quick & Dirty BENEFITS of using Sunscreen:

By using a "broad-spectrum" (UVA and UVB blocking) sunscreen daily, you can protect your skin from sun damage and premature aging a.k.a. wrinkles, age spots, and the dreaded leather-like texture that is all too common! There is even evidence that regular use of sunscreen might help repair damage. Awesome!

I have always said to use a daily moisturizer with an SPF (sun protection factor) of AT LEAST 15. However, The American Academy of Dermatology says to select a sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or higher. You should also pick a physical block - look on the label for ingredients like zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. However, whether you choose a cream or lotion - or even an oil-free product - is a matter of personal preference!

Here is a video that explains the basics of skin care by Yours Truly.

I hope this clears the air a bit!


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