You hear it enough from us, and probably everyone else too – “make sure you put sunscreen!” We always say we can’t stress it’s importance enough (we really can’t), but today I thought it would be interesting to talk about what the difference between some of them are and help you spot a good sunscreen.
The two most important differentiating factors are organic and inorganic UV filters. Now while the word “organic” usually has more positive connotations, that isn’t the case with sunscreen. Organic UV filters means that they contain chemicals, which are often the causes of allergies and burns. They’re usually more aromatic, which makes them seem more appealing, but recently, they stirred up some controversy about potentially causing hormone disruption. Conversely, inorganic UV filters are blended substances that, while not as elegant, are safer compounds. To put it into perspective, you use inorganic UV filters on babies – that’s how safe they are! Unlike organic filters, these ones won’t be burning your eyes anytime soon.
Now, the most important component you can look for in your tube of sun protection is zinc. Over here at Likewise, we acknowledge how powerful that ingredient is – that’s why it’s in our moisturizers. Zinc is the best protectant you could ask for in your sunscreen, as it is usually more photostable and less photoallergic than the active ingredients found in organic UV filters. Zinc oxides have been around for a long time, and used to make people look pale and chalky when they applied the creams to their face. Today, thinner formulas have been developed to ensure this long-used photoprotector stays on the market.
So next time you pick up a bottle of heavenly smelling sunscreen, be sure to check the ingredients. If it’s got lots of chemicals and no zinc, put it down. And if you really can’t decide – there’s always Likewise. Stay safe!