There is a lot of talk out there about sunscreen and the difference between chemical sunscreens and physical sunscreens. While we all know how important it is to wear SPF daily, we don’t all know which type is the best personal option. COOLA offers both physical and chemical organic sunscreens in a variety of collections including Mineral, Plant UV and Classic, in the forms of sprays, creams, moisturizers and lip balms. So, with all of these options, how do you choose the right kind of sun protection for your skin and lifestyle? The graph below will help you better understand the most common differences between the two.
Anyone who prefers instant protection, a more natural option, and thicker, creamier lotions is going to be more drawn to a physical sunscreen. Those who are inclined to a more luxurious, lightweight lotion, or for anyone who prefers to wear sunscreen in continuous spray form are likely going to find they prefer a chemical sunscreen.
Whichever type you choose, look for something that is broad spectrum, meaning they protect from both UVA, also known as aging rays, and UVB, also known as burning rays. It’s also important to keep in mind that sensitive parts of the body such as the face and lips need specially formulated sunscreens compared to the rest of the body. No matter where you’re applying, make sure to pick one that contains an SPF 15 or higher, and is rich in organic ingredients. Most important, give your bottle of SPF a big squeeze and reapply at least one ounce every 2-4 hours for optimum protection!
Krystin Seiver – ISPA Member
Sales & Education Manager at COOLA