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When it comes to sunscreen there are many options and things to consider before making your choice. One factor that should be considered is how the sunscreen is a chemical or a physical sunscreen. Depending upon individual needs would determine which would be a more ideal option as both have positive and negative aspects.

Chemical sunscreen is absorbed into the skin; only once it is absorbed is when this sunscreen protects the skin. This type of SPF should be applied about 20 minutes before sun exposure to ensure skin is optimally protected. However once absorbed it is able to protect the skin for a longer amount of time as it is no just sitting on top of the skin. This is typically found in waterproof and sport sunscreens for this reason. However these chemicals that help sunscreens resist water and sweat can alter hormones in both men and women.

On the other hand physical sunscreens sit on top of the skin and actively block and reflect the UV rays. Due to the fact this form of sunscreen sits on top of the skin it got known for leaving a white cast to the skin as it doesn’t absorb into the skin in the same manner. New developments in sunscreens have been able to help address the white casting of the skin to give more natural options. This also means they don’t hold up the same way when exposed to sweat and water resulting in the need for more frequent reapplication. Physical sunscreens do not have an of the hormone altering chemicals as their counterparts making it a safe option for men women and children alike.

There are also sunscreens which utilize both chemical and physical filters to provide you with protection. These differences in performance and effect on your body should be considered to determine what SPF suites your specific needs. Ensure to look into your products as you will be exposed to them daily.