MonBon Skin Diaries: Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens

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Sunscreen Comes In Two Formulations

MonBon Shade All Day is a broad-spectrum sunscreen with UVA/UVB SPF 40 protection which comes in two formulations- a physical colored version called Tinted, and a combination physical and chemical version called Sheer. Here is the skinny on the difference between these two sunscreen categories.

Physical Sunscreens

Physical sunscreen contains mineral ingredients, such as titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which sit on top of the skin and deflect and scatter damaging sun rays away from the skin. It provides protection upon application and is ideal when you are in direct UV light. But it requires frequent reapplication if you are active and sweating. It tends to be less irritating and less pore clogging, so ideal for dry, sensitive, rosacea and acne prone skin. Generally, the complaint about physical sunscreen is that the consistency is not elegant. Physical sunscreens have come a long way since their inception when they were thick, chalky white and opaque. For example Shade All Day physical version includes micronized Zinc and Titanium as well as a tint making it an elegant skin color product.

Chemical Sunscreens

Chemical sunscreen contains organic (carbon-based) compounds, such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which create a chemical reaction and work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. This excess heat makes this type of sunscreen not ideal for pigmented skin and rosacea skin. Chemical sunscreen requires 10-20 minutes after application to dry and become active, creating a protective film over the skin. The protection it offers gets used up quickly when in direct UV light, so it requires reapplication. It tends to be thinner, more elegant and more wearable but can be irritating for dry and sensitive skin types. The chemical ingredients oxybenzone and octinoxate have been banned in Hawaii for posing a risk of degrading coral reef when worn while swimming in the ocean

Best Antiaging Product In Existence

Bottom line is that consistent sunscreen use over long term prevents premature aging. Skincare gurus everywhere will tell you that sunscreen is the best antiaging product in existence that you can use. Did you wear your sunscreen today?

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