With the sunnier months of spring and summer on the horizon, it’s important to start thinking about sun-protection. This falls on almost all areas of life, from getting to and from the office, to spending time with family outdoors, to even driving your vehicle. The UV-B and UV-A rays from the sun can be very damaging to your skin and to your health, so we are bringing you the truth about SPF from our team of skin specialists at 8 West Cosmetic Surgery. Read on to discover how you can have the best skin health this summer season.
Chemical sunscreens contain carbon-based compounds like oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone. These create a chemical reaction on the skin and work by changing UV rays into heat, and then releasing that heat from the skin.
While these products tend to be thinner, longer-lasting when doing activities, and easier to apply, the cons of chemical sunscreens far outweigh the pros. Chemical sunscreens increase internal skin temperature and can result in more brown spots or discolouration. They also don’t start working right away (they take about 20-30 minutes to kick in) and are more likely to cause skin irritation in sensitive skin types and additional breakouts in oily skin types. Aside from all of that, there is some medical speculation of the impact of chemical sunscreen, and while there aren’t proven facts just yet, there are some studies suggesting these products may lead to hormonal changes involved with developing cancer.
As opposed to their chemical counterparts, physical sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which work in a different way. They effectively sit on the top of your skin, and deflect and scatter those damaging UV rays before they get the opportunity to reach the lower layers of your skin.
These SPFs protect your skin as soon as they are applied, unlike chemical sunscreens that can require a wait time of about 30 minutes, and they are also less likely to cause a stinging or irritation. These products also have a longer shelf-life and are less likely to be pore clogging, making them ideal for protecting the body and face.
Luckily, there are better options for protecting your skin that are affordable and just as convenient as chemical sunscreens. These are the best options we’ve seen in the industry of physical sunscreens, which bring you skin protection and additional skin-health benefits, like antioxidants and anti pore-clogging properties.
Want to learn more about the chemical versus physical sunscreen or interested in getting your own personalized regime of skin health, sun protecting products? Book your complimentary consultation with our team of skin specialists today, and get yourself prepped for the sunny season!