What's really the difference between physical and chemical sunscreens? We bet you wonder which might be best for your needs, and why. The infographic above explains how physical blocks and chemical blocks work - and also offers tips on what to look for.
Our experience has been that for folks with sensitive skin or hyperpigmentation/age spots, physical sunscreens are best. They are less likely to be irritating, and provide great protection in the spf30 and above range. However, they can be heavier on the skin, and some may leave a visible 'white cast' - especially in photos. For this reason, many are offered in tinted variants.
If you aren't sensitive to chemical sunscreens, they can be super effective as long as they are rated at spf30 or higher. They often have the added benefit of cosmetic elegance - lighter formulas and faster absorption with little or no visible trace. The key is to apply chemical sunscreens a good 30 minutes before leaving the house. Over power serums and moisturizer, under makeup is our routine.
Watch this dermatologist's take on some great sunscreen options.