Saturday, April 7, 2012

Sunscreen Versus Sunblock

Hi beautiful gals... how are you doing?

Summers have arrived...

I was reading some articles and found one interesting article on the difference between Sunscreen and Sunblock...

So thought of sharing with you gals...

I was also not aware about the difference..

So finally I understood what both means..

Hope this article helps you to differentiate between both...


Sunscreen: Absorbers 

What is Sunscreen? According to Cosmetologist and Dermatologist, Dr. Udhay Sidhu from Apollo Hospital, Bangalore, "A sunscreen is also referred to as a chemical sunscreen. It is absorbed into our skin and in return absorbs the UV radiation. It primarily absorbs UVB and only some of UVA. These are cosmetically more acceptable but may cause allergic reactions." 

What's in it: Your sunscreen is made up of chemical blockers like oxybenzone, avobenzone, and sulisobenzone.

What not to do: The next time you shop for sun protection, Dr. Sidhu says, "Avoid products with ingredients such as Para- aminobenzoic acid and parabens." These chemicals can cause redness, itchiness and other skin problems.

Sunscreen - Yes or No: Since we Indians are faced with the harsh sun for most of the year, sunscreen may not be the apt option. As the name suggests, sunscreen is a screen and does not block the harmful rays. On the contrary, it absorbs UV rays that have a potential risk for your skin. 

Sunblock: Reflectors

What is Sunblock? On the other hand, Dr. Sidhu says this about sunblocks: "They provide protection against both ultraviolet A (UVA) and ultraviolet B (UVB) rays. They act by reflecting UV radiation before it touches the skin. These are also referred to as physical sunscreens. These tend to be greasy and thick on application, but cause very few allergic reactions."

What's in it: The ingredients to look for in your sunblock are titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are physical blockers.

What you need: Dr. Sidhu explains, "Look for products that mention Broad Spectrum (protects against UVA and UVB rays), water resistant sunscreen, with an SPF of at least 15. This should be used all year round on exposed skin. For fair skinned individuals with light colored hair it is preferable to apply sunscreen with a higher SPF."

Sunblock - Yes or No: Since sunscreens are mostly used to screen some part of sunlight while absorbing the rest, they are better suited for tanning or lower sun damage threat. Sunblock seems to be a better option when it comes to sun protection for us Indians. It reduces aging, brown spots, sun burn, skin cancer and wrinkles.

I hope this articles helps you...
Thanks for reading...



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