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5 Tips when Picking and using the right sunscreen



We want you to have fun in the sun, while being safe by following these recommendations when it comes to sunscreen. Read the following 5 tips when choosing and using your sunscreen for you and your family.



Let’s just say it, winter is one of the worst seasons for our skin.

Seeing the winter forecast on the local news or on your favorite weather app will make you fringe, but actually feeling it is usually even worse. From being outside in sub-zero temperatures with chilly winds to walking back into your house with the heat on full blast will have an adverse effect on your skin. “It becomes a really bad cycle, which you should address before it gets really cold out, so right now is the best time” says Ewelina Kisiolek, our Medical Aesthetician & Laser Technician. “Your skin will become dry, irritated, and sensitive” she further states.

So, here, just in the nick of time, are helpful tips to protect your skin. This will help you to getting soft and smooth skin all winter long.

Sunblock (physical) versus Sunscreen (chemical)

Sunglass ,Hat and Sun block cream

Physical sunscreens tend to be better tolerated by most skin types because the chemical filters used in chemical sunscreens can be irritating for many people. However, physical sunscreens tend to leave a white cast or white streaks after application and don’t offer as much UVA protection compared to chemical sunscreens. Physical sunscreens are also a bit thicker so they may be more difficult to apply. Since they each have their pros and cons, many of today’s sunscreens contain both physical and chemical UV filters.

Physical Sunscreens Chemical Sunscreens
How they work: Physical sunscreens protect your skin from the sun by deflecting or blocking the sun’s rays. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing the sun’s rays. Some chemical filters can scatter sun rays, but still mostly just absorb them.
As known as Sunblock; Inorganic sunscreen Organic sunscreen
UV Filters
  • Titanium dioxide (TiO2)
  • Zinc oxide (ZnO)
  • Octylcrylene
  • Avobenzone
  • Octinoxate
  • Octisalate
  • Oxybenzone
  • Homosalate
  • Helioplex
  • 4-MBC
  • Mexoryl SX and XL
  • Tinosorb S and M
  • Uvinul T 150
  • Uvinul A Plus
Stability Generally stable Most are photostable, but some are not. Avobenzone is notoriously unstable. However, it can be stabilized when formulated in conjunction with other UV filters.
Comedogenicity (Clog pores) Titanium dioxide can be problematic for some people. (If you break out from mineral make up and physical sunscreen, titanium dioxide could be the culprit.)
Zinc oxide is generally safe. It can be used on delicate skin and is a main ingredient in diaper rash cream.
Chemical filters tend to be more irritating to skin.
If it gets in your eyes, it can make your eyes sting and water.
Some can cause allergic reactions.
Protection Titanium dioxide protects against UVB rays, but not the full spectrum of UVA rays. Zinc oxide protects against the entire spectrum of UVB and UVA rays. Starts protecting immediately upon application. Chemical filters offer more coverage against UVA and UVB rays than physical sunscreens, but the range of protection will depend on the particular active and its stability.
Avobenzone, for example, protects against the full spectrum UVA rays.
Must wait 20 minutes after application for effective sun protection.
Texture Thick and opaque, may be hard to apply.
Tends to leave a white cast or tint.
Rubs off more easily and must be frequently reapplied.
Colorless, odorless, usually runny. Can sometimes double as a makeup primer, depending on the active and the formulation.
Safety Pretty safe, FDA approved.
Don’t cause free radicals.
*Note: Nan particle zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are controversial at the moment.
Generally safe, however some chemical filters generate free radicals which can cause skin damage, irritation, and aging.
*Many chemical UV filters have not been FDA approved in the States, but are in sunscreens sold in Europe and Asia.