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All About Physical Sunscreens - Vine Vera Reviews

Summer is full of a lot of opportunities: it’s a great time to have a day on the beach, take a personal or family vacation, or take a dip in the pool, but one thing that’s never fun is getting a sunburn.

Getting sunburnt turns your skin an unattractive shade of red, causes peeling and dryness, itchiness, and even a risk of skin cancer. This is, naturally, why we use sunscreen. All year round, even when it’s cold or overcast outside (but especially in the summer), Vine Vera recommends you apply at minimum spf 30 or higher sunscreen to any exposed skin. There are problems with this, though: for many people, sunscreen can cause skin irritation, or dry the skin out, and it’s hard to find makeup with a high enough SPF for your face if you don’t want to layer sunscreen under your makeup (which can make your complexion look blotchy with most sunscreens, and messes with your foundation’s ability to properly stick to your face), and it’s equally hard to find moisturizers with the proper SPF that, well, actually moisturize your skin while protecting it from the sun’s harmful UV rays, since plain sunscreen is rarely the best thing to hydrate and nourish your skin, and some kinds can even clog pores. So, what’s a girl to do?

Enter “physical” sunscreens. Most common sunblocks are what’s known as “chemical” sunscreens, which use chemicals to absorb Ultraviolet rays and then emit the energy in harmless ways; in other words, they’re full of compounds that produce a particular chemical reaction whenever UV rays hit them, so that the UV rays never hit your skin. Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, contain compounds like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which UV rays can’t even penetrate at all. They don’t rely on a chemical reaction to protect you, because the harmful radiation from the sun just bounces right off of them.

Woman applying sunscreen on her legs in a beach.

So, why is this better? Well, it turns out that a lot of the problems with chemical sunscreens (the most common kind) when it comes to skincare and makeup application aren’t nearly as much of an issue when it comes to physical sunscreens. For one thing, allergic reactions to titanium dioxide and zinc oxide are practically unheard of when compared to how often people get reactions from chemical sunscreens. Further, they’re more commonly found blended into lotions, facial moisturizers, and foundation, so that you don’t have to sacrifice style for the sake of protecting your skin.

So, next time you’re restocking on beauty supplies, look for products that contain “titanium dioxide” and/or “zinc oxide” in the ingredients list. It’s still important to use at least SPF 30 though, so keep that in mind as well. A good facial moisturizer with SPF 30 from physical sunscreens, which still nourishing and hydrating to your skin, isn’t as hard to find as you might think, if you know what ingredients to look for, and if you’re worried because you have naturally dry skin, mix a couple drops of face oil into the cream before applying, and you should be set.