Have you seen these different labels on products on your shelf or in the sun care aisle? While they may seem like the same sun protection at first glance, these terms actually differentiate between two very different products.
Confused? Don't worry! This blog will break it down for you :)
UVB = Burning Rays
UVA = Aging Rays
Physical filters are ingredients that do not absorb into your skin, but rather sit on top of the skin and block UV radiation. Zinc oxide and titanium dioxide are common examples of physical sun protecting ingredients. Non-nano zinc oxide is the active ingredient we use in our Safe Summer Skin Creams!
Chemical absorbers are ingredients that absorb into your skin, and then absorb UV radiation.
The risk factor? UVA rays penetrate the skin so deeply, so creating a chemical ingredient that can penetrate just as deeply can be dangerous. It's important to read labels and see what other ingredients (endocrine disruptors, fragrances, etc.) within a sunscreen may also absorb into your skin. This is part of the reason why some people, especially babies and children, can have such adverse reactions to sunscreen products.