Don't get burned... Wear your sunscreen!

Don’t get burned… Wear your sunscreen!

If you are like me sunscreen can evoke a feeling of dread. I don’t want to breakout, I’d love a little tan and hate the feeling that sunscreen leaves on my skin. But after doing a little research and testing several sunscreen products, I learned it’s not all that bad. There are 2 types of sunscreen that you may have heard about, physical and chemical.

Physical sunscreen does just what it says, physically blocks UVA and UVB rays. Natural ingredients like titanium dioxide and zinc sit on top of the skin and create a barrier from the sun’s harmful rays.

Pro’s;

  • Blocks both UVB and UVA rays
  • Works immediately
  • Less likely to sting your eyes
  • Better for people with sensitive skin
  • Less likely to cause breakouts
  • Longer shelf life

Con’s;

  • Easily rubs, sweats and rinses off
  • May leave white hue on skin
  • Harder to rub in to skin

Chemical sunscreen works a little differently than physical, in that it causes a chemical reaction. This sunscreen actually takes the sun’s rays and converts them into heat, then helps the body release that heat.

Pro’s;

  • Thinner consistency
  • Spreads and applies easier
  • Less product needed to cover body.

Con’s;

  • Can increase hyperpigmentation
  • Takes up to 10 mins to dry on skin
  • Can cause irritation on sensitive skin
  • Must reapply for frequently
  • Some ingredients may actually cause deterioration of coral reefs
  • Can possibly lead to breakouts
  • Can sting the eyes if drips

When it comes to choosing a sunscreen for yourself both types provide adequate protection so it will probably come down to personal preference. I prefer physical sunscreen. I like that way it feels on my skin and that it is natural. Doctor Schwab has 2 sunscreens that I love. For my face I use their Shimmery Sunlotion. Its loaded with age defying antioxidants and doesn’t leave me feeling white or greasy. For my body I use Doctor Schwab’s Umbrella SPF in 40 like the Shimmery Sunlotion, it offers hydration and anti aging ingredients that keeps me safe from the sun.