Is Sunblock Better Than Sunscreen?
March 08 2022
Spoiler Alert: You Probably Aren't Using The Right SPF Protection
Sunblock is more effective than its popular sister, sunscreen.
Sunblock vs Sunscreen: What's the difference between sunblock and sunscreen?
Sunblock instantly becomes the physical barrier between the skin and the sun’s harmful rays.
Sunscreens (made of chemicals) absorb the sun rays on the skin. Plus, sunscreen needs to absorb to skin before it starts working, taking usually 20 to 30 minutes after applying.
Why do I need to apply Sunblock?
Everyone but toddlers under six months of age should wear sunblock. Whether you’re young or old, fair skinned or dark complexion.
Why is Sunblock so important?
Sunblock is important because it helps to prevent skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer. It is also one of the most important steps in your skincare routine to prevent signs of aging.
When should I avoid the sun?
Avoid exposure to the sun between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., the peak hours during which UV exposure is at its highest.
What do the SPF numbers mean?
- SPF stands for sun protection factor
- A higher SPF doesn't indicate that it has superior sun protection—it indicates that you will remain protected in the sun for a longer amount of time. For example, an SPF 2 product protects your skin just as effectively as one with an SPF of 30. However, SPF 2 sunscreen will need to be applied more frequently.
How often should I really be applying sunblock?
UVA vs. UVB Rays
How to Buy The Right Sunblock For You: Vie de Mer Tip
- Look for a sunblock that has 20%+ Zinc Oxide
- Check the SPF and find one with at least 30 SPF and protects your skin from both UVA and UVB rays.
Why is Zinc Oxide important?
What else should I know about Vie de Mer Anti-Aging SPF 50 face Sunblock?
3 Golden Rules for Applying SunblockGolden Rule 1: Reapplication every two hours is important — especially if you’re outdoors as SPF number aren’t indications of how long you should stay in the sun.
Does zinc block the sun out better than sunscreen?Yes. Zinc is a physical sunblock that sits on top of your skin and block or reflects the sun rays. Zinc also has a longer lifetime on your skin and immediately starts working after applying. On the other hand, chemical sunscreen absorbs the sun rays on skin, and it needs to absorb to your skin before it starts working, usually 20 to 30 minutes after applying.