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Key ingredients to avoid (Part 2): Chemical Sunscreen

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Chemical Sunscreen vs. Physical Sunscreen

In this series, we introduce key ingredients you should avoid in your skin and body care and great alternatives to replace them. Today we’ll talk about sunscreens. 

Licensed acupuncturist, Vanessa M. Ho of Healing with Zen explains why you should choose physical sunscreens for you and your family. Watch the video below or read the corresponding text. 

♦ Sunscreen ♦

Welcome to the second part of our Web Series!

Did you know that there are two different types of sunscreen? Chemical sunscreens change UV rays into heat by using ingredients such as oxybenzone. Physical sunscreens utilize titanium dioxide and zinc to deflect or scatter UV rays.

Applying less of the chemical sunscreen equals the same amount of protection as
applying more of the physical sunscreen. However, that is where the benefits end.
Chemical sunscreens can cause an increase in brown spots due to higher internal
temperature (such as melisma). It also causes an increased chance of irritation
especially to those with sensitive skin types. The higher the SPF, the more likely it
will cause irritation to those who are sensitive to its ingredients. Chemical
sunscreens also need to be reapplied more frequently as its protection time is
shorter than that of physical sunscreens.

Physical sunscreens, on the other hand, are the obvious winner in this situation
because they protect the skin from the UV rays as soon as they are applied. Physical
sunscreens are a better choice especially for those with sensitive skin or those with
skin that is easily irritated by heat. Physical sunscreens do not convert the heat like
chemical sunscreens, but instead, they deflect it. They are also less prone to clog
pores and are a better choice for those with acneic skin. Lastly, physical sunscreens
have a longer shelf life than their chemical counterpart.

 → Watch Part 1 of our Web Series and learn why you should avoid Petroleum Jelly!

Renew your skin and get your glow on here to reserve your Facial Acupuncture Rejuvenation package!

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