We'll be honest – the topic of sunscreen has become a bit complicated (or should we say) heated?) In recent years. In the past it was all about whether or not we carried the stuff, but now what's in our recipe seems to be the center of the sunscreen debate. Essentially, you have two options when it comes to SPF: a chemical formula or a physical formula, which is often referred to as mineral Sunscreens.
The main difference between the two is that chemical options include avobenzone, octinoxate, and oxybenzone as their major sunscreen ingredients, while physical / mineral options include titanium dioxide and / or zinc oxide. Of course, there is also the question of how they work differently to prevent sun damage. According to Piedmont Healthcare, chemical sunscreens absorb the UV rays that hit our skin and convert it into heat, which is then released by the body. Mineral formulas, however, sit on the skin and reflect the harmful sun rays. While chemical sunscreens have stinked a bit lately, both types of sunscreen have their pros and cons. My confidante, Renée Rouleau, gets to the bottom of this.
However, we are currently talking about mineral sunscreens, which are often less irritating, immediately effective (no waiting after application!) And naturally provide a broad spectrum of protection against UVA and UVB rays. Oh, and it is also touted that they are longer lasting (saving you more money) and less likely to clog your pores – great news for someone like me with slightly provoked, aknic skin.
Because I'm ridiculously picky about things I put on my skin, and I get, try, and try practically every beauty product in the game, I share my personal list of sunscreen's favorite products – the face, body, hair, lips, and all sorts of other formulas, I personally use or recommend to my friends and family. Scroll on!