The difference between sunscreen and sunscreen

As you stroll down the aisles of a pharmacy or supermarket, you may see some products that say “sunscreen” and others that say “sunscreen.” This leads to questions about the differences between the two sun protection measures. You may also be wondering which one should be used.

This article discusses why sunscreen and sunscreen are really two different things. It gives you information so you know which one is right for you.

How Sunscreen and Sunscreen Protect Your Skin

Sunscreen and sunscreen are not the same thing, although many people use these words without thinking about definitions. They are actually two completely different forms of sun protection.

  • Sunscreen: Sunscreen is the most commonly used type of sun protection. It filters or blocks the ultraviolet (UV) rays of the sun. It blocks most of the light, but lets some in. It can also be called chemical sunscreen.
  • Sunscreen: Sunscreen reflects sunlight away from the skin. It blocks light from penetrating the skin. It can be called a physical sunscreen.

Few products are called “sunscreens” these days. If you see any items with this tag, please avoid them.​​​ They usually have an SPF of less than 15, or they don’t protect you from the sun at all.

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Both sunscreen and sunscreen are great forms of sun protection. The American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) does not recommend using one or the other. Just make sure the one you choose:

  • is “broad spectrum” and protects against UVA and UVB rays
  • Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 30 or higher
  • is waterproof
  • Correct application

Sunscreen or sunscreen can only protect your skin when used correctly. A study of 101 Brazilian women examined the actual amount of SPF 30 to SPF 45 sunscreen they put on their faces.

The researchers then calculated women’s UV protection capabilities based on how the products were used. By not applying sunscreen properly, women are not getting the protection the product is supposed to provide.


Sunscreen and sunscreen are two different things. They are all safe to use in the sun as long as they provide adequate ultraviolet (UV) protection and are used correctly.

Sunscreen and sunscreen ingredients

Each type of sunscreen or sunscreen uses a different chemical. They both protect the skin from the sun’s damaging UV rays, but they work in different ways.

sunscreen ingredients

Most sunscreens contain titanium With zinc oxide or zinc oxide as the active ingredient. That’s why the recipe looks thicker and you can’t see through it.

For this reason, some people find it difficult to apply sunscreen all over their body. They may also dislike the look and feel of the product that can be seen on their skin. For example, you might notice people putting on sunscreen at the beach because they have streaks on their nose or part of their face.

There are some brands, like Neutrogena, that offer sunscreens that are less visible. Baby sunscreens contain only titanium dioxide and/or zinc oxide. They are suitable for children six months or older.

sunscreen ingredients

Sunscreens use a variety of chemicals that absorb harmful UV rays before they penetrate the skin.Some contain active ingredients, including Oxybenzone or Avobenzone.

Some people are sensitive or allergic to certain ingredients in sunscreens, such as PABA (p-aminobenzoic acid). They may choose to use sunscreen instead of sunscreen.

You may want to avoid fragrances or oils added to sunscreen. The product may also be a sunscreen and sunscreen mix, so be sure to check the label if you’re sensitive to certain chemicals.

Sunscreens may include insect repellents and may be of the natural type or contain man-made chemicals. AAD does not recommend using these as sunscreen should be applied liberally and reapplied frequently. However, repellents should be used sparingly and sparingly.


Most sunscreens are thicker, more opaque, and contain zinc oxide or titanium dioxide. Most sunscreens rely on other chemicals and may also include fragrances, oils or insect repellants. Be sure to check the label so that the product you buy is the right formula for you.

Learn how the ingredients in sunscreen protect your skin


Both sunscreens and sunscreens provide sun protection. They rely on different chemicals to do this and look different when used.

Unless you are allergic to a specific ingredient, you can choose any product that works. Check the label to make sure they are “broad spectrum” products, have an SPF of at least 30 and are waterproof.