How does sunscreen work?
There are two types of UV radiation - UVA and UVB. According to research, UVB rays are mainly responsible for sunburn, while UVA rays can penetrate deeper into the skin and cause long term damage.
Chemical & physical sunscreens are designed to help protect you from both rays, however they work in different ways. Chemical sunscreens contains active ingredients to absorb the UV radiation, while the physical sunscreens works to reflect it.
Some chemical sunscreens may only protect you from UVA, or UVB, and some offer protection against both. In Australia, all sunscreens over SPF4 must protect block both rays - aka broad spectrum! Physical sunscreens use ingredients like titanium dioxide & zinc oxide to reflect the rays & offer broad spectrum protection.
What's the difference between chemical & physical sunscreen?
Chemical sunscreens contain ingredients that help absorb the sun's UV rays to stop it from penetrating skin, while a physical sunscreen helps protect by creating a physical barrier (as the name suggests).
The ingredients in chemical sunscreens may cause irritation, allergy or sensitivity, so patch testing is always recommended prior to using a new sunscreen. Whereas, physical sunscreens can be better for sensitive skin & is recommended for children.
Physical Sunscreens To Try
For The Face & Body
- Life Basics SPF30 All Natural Facial Sunscreen - also perfect for children!
- Ethical Zinc Natural Clear Zinc Sunscreen SPF50
- Grown Alchemist Invisible Natural Protection SPF30
- MOTHER SPF Natural Physical Sunscreen SPF30
For Children & Little Ones
After Sun Care
- Life Basics Aloe Vera Gel
- Badger After Sun Balm
- Yarok Feed Your Sunshine Hair Serum
- KYPRIS Cerulean Soothing Hydration Recovery Mask
Shop our full range of sunscreens.
Read more about natural sunscreen options for kids.
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With all sunscreens avoid contact with eyes and if irritation persists discontinue use. Sunscreen is only one part of sun protection. Wear protective clothing, hats and sunglasses when exposed to the sun, and stay in the shade where possible. Prolonged high-risk sun exposure should be avoided. Frequent reapplication and use in accordance with the directions is required for effective sun protection. Always read the label and use only as directed.