Find the differences among physical, chemical and hybrid sunscreen at once!

Find the differences among physical, chemical and hybrid sunscreen at once!

Sunscreen products are mainly divided into three types: physical sunscreen, chemical sunscreen and hybrid sunscreen. What is the difference? How to choose suitable sunscreen for different skin types and conditions?

Physical vs. Chemical vs. Hybrid sunscreen

Physical Sunscreen: like a mirror to reflect sunlight

The small particles that sit on the skin’s surface physically prevent UV rays from penetrating the skin by reflection or scattering. The most commonly used ingredients on the market are titanium dioxide (TiO2) and zinc oxide (ZnO).

Chemical sunscreen: like endothermic melting ice

The chemicals create a chemical reaction in which UV light is converted to heat, and the heat dissipates from the skin. Chemical sunscreen ingredients are various, such as salicylate, cinnamate and so on.

Hybrid sunscreen: combined Physical & Chemical sunscreen advantage

Physical sunscreen and chemical sunscreen have their own advantages and disadvantages. Many sunscreen products combined them, so as to bring the customers a safer and fresher experience, which is called hybrid sunscreen.

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How to choose the right sunscreen?

In comparison, physical sunscreens have higher stability, less risk of penetrating into the skin, and less irritation to the skin, which makes them suitable for sensitive skin. The chemical sunscreen has a non-greasy texture and stronger defense against UV rays, which make it suitable for oily skin and acne skin. Otherwise, hybrid sunscreen combines the advantages of the above two, and its product types are more diverse. You can choose the suitable products to meet your needs.

Source: UNICARE

In fact, when it comes to formulas, there is no right or wrong, as each element plays an important role in protecting our skin from UV rays. The most important thing is to choose sunscreen according to your skin type and condition, and reapply it frequently and regularly. Remember that “the best” sunscreen is simply the one you’ll use consistently.

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