Chemical vs Physical Sunscreens: What is the difference?

It is important to understand how crucial it is to be treating your skin everyday with an SPF (Sun Protection Factor). The two main benefits from using an SPF are:

- To protect the skin against skin cancer Too much exposure to sun will let UV rays penetrate the outer layers and pass to deeper layers where they can kill or damage cells which can lead to mutations and is the major cause of skin cancer

- To protect the skin from ageing The sun’s rays are responsible for 80% of skin ageing, it reduces elastin and degrades the skin texture

What is the difference between chemical and physical sunscreen?

Chemical sunscreens absorb the sun's rays and physically deflect and degrade in the heat, they need to be reapplied throughout the day.

Unlike chemical sunscreens, physical sunscreens do not degrade in the heat and create physical protection against UVA and UVB rays.

Tinkable recommends...

Glo Skin Beauty Oil Free SPF 40+ Sunscreen provides broad-spectrum protection from the sun’s damaging rays while nourishing hydrators and antioxidants fortify the skin. This oil free moisturiser with SPF contains Hyaluronic Acid to attract and maintain hydration and protect skin against free radical damage. Plus, Zinc Oxide, Octinoxate and Octisalate to provide powerful broad-spectrum protection ageing harmful UVA and UVB rays.

Buy this from our Enville Clinic, £28.00

"I also use several serums with different ingredients — like hyaluronic acid and stem cells. Then, sunscreen. This is non-negotiable! Skipping SPF is like going a full day without drinking water. I really like the GLO Skin Beauty Oil Free SPF because it’s lightweight."


"Amanda Von Dem Hagen, lead skincare developer at glo skin beauty, has offered up her four top tips...

1. Pile on the SPF

The best thing you can do is to apply a high SPF everyday, as just like with UV rays, HEV light can damage the natural processes of the skin, causing premature ageing to occur.

Many women assume that you only need and SPF cream when heading out into the sun, but actually it can protect you from many different life elements, with HEV light being one of them......."


Rebecca Phillips


Tinkable Aesthetic Clinic

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