Which Sunscreens are Safer?

Skin Care, AZ

Did you know that you should be wearing sunscreen to prevent sunburn, skin cancer, and signs of premature aging every day? Or so that’s what some people say. Others say that some sunscreens actually cause allergies and lead to more serious issues, like cancer. But, ow do you know who to believe? We recommend that you perform your own research, but keep reading to get a quick rundown of the two main types you’ll be looking into.

Physical Sunscreens

Physical sunscreens, mineral sunscreens, and chemical-free sunscreens are all the same thing. These are sunscreens that use a physical filter to protect you from UV rays, so you’re likely going to see Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide (or both) as active ingredients in your sunscreen of choice. These are the only two physical UV blockers on the market currently.

These sunscreens are known for being thick, chalky, and slow to blend into the skin. That white cast that often gets left behind can be annoying, and lead people to not put sunscreen on at all.

Thankfully, there are more options available than there used to be. Both Zinc and Titanium Dioxide have been shrunk into “nano-sized” particles by chemists, to help new formulations sink into the skin better. Studies don’t indicate that these smaller particles can sink into the skin deep enough to cause you trouble. But, if you are concerned about side effects, then you can avoid nano-sized particles, and mix some sunscreen in with moisturizer to help blend it into your skin better.

Chemical Sunscreens

There are many more chemical sunscreen options, which can be a little overwhelming. Learning about all of the chemical filters can take a lot of time and research, so if you have concerns it might be best to search them out specifically when you find a formula you want to try. For example, if you know that you’re worried about skin allergies or hormone-disruption, perform a quick Google search to find brands that are safe for you to use. Certain filters like Oxybenzone are well-known troublemakers, so it’s best to avoid them if you can. For example, Oxybenzone has been linked to damage of coral reefs and disruption of human hormones. This filter is even banned in Hawaii.

One great thing about chemical sunscreens is their advanced formulations allow a more effortless application on the skin. They don’t leave a white cast and can be easier to blend in.

Choose a sunscreen that works best for you, and avoid sun damage starting today. Call us at (928) 537-4375 to schedule a consultation with us to learn more about keeping your skin protected from UV damage.

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