What Are the Types of Physical Sunscreen?


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Physical sunscreens are available in gels, creams, lotions, wipes, sprays and powders. Some of the sunscreens contain a dye that gives the skin a brown glow. Physical sunscreens shield the skin from harmful UVB and UVA rays.

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Physical sunscreens are different from chemical sunscreens because they reflect the sun's rays, while chemical sunscreens absorb the UVA and UVB rays.

Skin care specialists recommend using a sunblock or physical sunscreen with a sun protection factor of no less than 30. Individuals with acne-prone skin should use sunscreens that are non-comedogenic and fragrance-free. Gel-based sunblocks are often oil-free and are recommended for oily skin. The American Academy of Dermatology recommends physical sunscreens for people who are allergic to chemical sunscreens.

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