We’ve heard it a million times. You say you don’t need sunscreen because you don’t get sunburned, you get chemical peels, or you wash and moisturize your face religiously. But none of those things can truly make up for daily damage from the sun. Let’s say you know how bad the sun can be, which is why you come in for chemical peels. The sun can cause even more damage after a chemical peel, so you need to be especially vigilant as you heal. But then, after your skin has healed, the sun goes right back to work causing signs of premature aging like wrinkles and sun spots on your beautiful face.
Wearing sunscreen is truly a must every day. Keep reading to learn about physical sunscreen and if it’s the right choice for you.
Physical sunscreens are so-called that because they contain ingredients that physically bounce UV rays away from the skin. There are only two physical sunscreen filters, Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, but they’ve been around a long time and are very effective.
That lifeguard look with a thick white paste on the nose comes from zinc sunscreen, but they aren’t all thick and opaque anymore. Granted, some complaints about physical sunscreens are that they leave a white cast on the skin and have a chalky consistency. Physical sunscreens are great for people with sensitivities or allergies, or for those that are concerned about the hormone-disrupting possibilities that certain chemical sunscreens have.
New sunscreen formulations may include both Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide, and even some chemical filters. New formulations might also include nano-sized particles of these ingredients, which will help the formula rub in more quickly and blend in with the skin more.
Regardless if you choose physical sunscreens or chemical sunscreens, incorporating one into your daily routine can help prevent future sun damage and protect the amazing results from your favorite treatments.
Already have some damage from the sun, like hyperpigmentation? A chemical peel or laser treatment might help. Give us a call today at (508) 334-5990 and we can schedule a consultation for you!