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Sunscreen - Physical VS Chemical

Updated: Apr 18, 2019


Let's talk sunscreen. SPF is arguably the most important part of your skin care routine, and UV damage will be one of the biggest factors in how your skin looks five, ten, twenty years from now. But not all sunscreens are made equal - far from it.



Sunscreens are classed as Physical or Chemical depending on the active ingredients used. Chemical sunscreens allow UV rays to penetrate your skin, but in theory prevent those rays from causing damage. Unfortunately, many of the ingredients used in chemical sunscreens are more harmful than helpful when absorbed by the body - some are known carcinogens, or hormone disruptors, and several are now banned in Hawaii due to the damage they were causing to the coral reef.


Physical sunscreens on the other hand, use safe minerals such as Zinc and Titanium Dioxide to physically shield and reflect UV rays from your skin. These minerals are harmless to both your body, and the environment, and do not allow UV rays to actually penetrate your skin.


Physical sunscreen is the only kind we recommend - it's safer for your body, safer for the environment, and provides the best protection for your skin.


The "Casper The Ghost" Look


In the past, physical sunscreen meant a chalky white complexion, and thick white goop that just doesn't rub in. Eugh. Thankfully, its 2019 (!!!), and physical sunscreens that suck, are a thing of the past.

I always say, if you hate sunscreen, you haven't tried one of the good ones - I promise.

Well formulated physical sunscreen is lightweight, and user friendly - we've done the research for you and come up with a list of our top picks:


Coola Matte Cucumber Face SPF - For those who like a matte finish

Coola Sport Face White Tea SPF - For those who like to stay active

Coola Matte Tinted Face SPF - For those who don't like wearing makeup, but want a little coverage

Play it safe in the sun this summer - your skin will thank you for it!



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