Sunscreen vs sunblock: What is better to protect your skin?

By Nikita Agrawal Apr 21, 2024 #sun screen

Sunblock physically blocks the sun’s UV rays from penetrating the skin, thus acting as a barrier.  Sunscreen screens the skin from damaging UV rays by creating a barrier on the skin. 

Sunscreens absorb and sunblocks sit on top of the skin. Both methods provide protection, they aren’t created equal, if you ask the experts.

Sunblock is more effective than its sister sunscreen. It contains zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. 

Sunscreen contains chemicals such as avobenzone, octocrylene, homosalate, octisalate, octinoxate, and oxybenzone, among many others.

Sunscreen, or sunblock, should be applied daily. Not only does it help fight against wrinkles and hyperpigmentation, but it protects against harmful UV rays that cause sun damage.

Both products offer effective sun protection, and the choice depends on your skin type, preference, and the level of protection you desire.

When putting on the sun protection, don’t forget the places we don’t often think about: the tops of the ears, the scalp, the tops of your hands. 

If you’re not sure which sunscreen or sunblock to use, ask your health care provider for tips.

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