What is the Difference Between Chemical and Physical Sunscreens?

Chemical sunscreens work like a sponge, absorbing the sun’s rays.

They contain one or more of the following active ingredients: oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate.

These formulations tend to be easier to rub into the skin without leaving a white residue.

Physical sunscreens work like a shield, sitting sit on the surface of your skin and deflecting the sun’s rays.

They contain the active ingredients zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Opt for this sunscreen if you have sensitive skin.

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