Physical vs chemical – the ultimate sunscreen showdown

Sunscreen is as much part of the Australian lifestyle as barbecues and Vegemite. But do you actually know what you’re putting on your skin (and in our oceans), every time you apply?

There are two types of sunscreens currently on the market – chemical and physical (also referred to as mineral). So, how do they work? And which one’s more effective?

Absorb or reflect

Chemical sunscreens usually contain a combination of active ingredients like oxybenzone, octinoxate, and bemotrizinol – chemical substances that protect the skin by absorbing UV rays.

While physical sunscreens contain one mineral-based active ingredient - usually zinc oxide – that forms a protective layer on top of your skin and reflects the sun’s harmful rays.

So is one better than the other? Let’s compare.

If you want long lasting, fast acting protection

Chemical blockers degrade faster under UV light than physical ones – so you’ll have to reapply more often. Chemical sunscreens also take 20 to 30 minutes to start working, while physical ones provide protection straight away.

However, if you’re planning on a sweaty game of sport in the sun or a long ocean swim, chemical sunscreen might be a better option as it’s less likely to wash off.

Physical vs chemical –the ultimate sunscreen showdown

endota spa New Age™ Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen forms a protective layer on top of your skin and reflects the sun’s harmful rays.

If you have sensitive, oily skin

With no preservatives and a single mineral-based active ingredient, physical sunscreens are less likely to irritate sensitive skin. Especially if heat is an issue, as they prevent you from absorbing UV rays, leading to less heat production in the skin.

Physical sunscreen won’t clog your pores like chemical ones can, so it’s ideal for acne-prone skin.

If you’re worried about the environment

Did you know sunscreen can harm the environment? Research shows that chemical active ingredients in sunscreen can be detrimental to coral reefs. But physical sunscreen offers a more environmentally friendly option, as mineral ingredients don’t seem to have harmful effects on corals and marine life.

endota New Age Mineral Sunscreen

endota spa New Age™ Mineral SPF 50 Sunscreen - a zinc-based mineral sunscreen which protects your skin against skin-damaging UVA/UVB rays without harming the environment.


Want to get physical?

If you want to try physical sunscreen, endota’s new Mineral SPF 50+ from our New Age Range not only protects you from harmful UV and blue light, it’s also packed with hydrating and anti-ageing benefits. It’s lightweight, suitable for all skin types and doubles as a primer.

It’s how easy skincare should be. Shop endota’s new Mineral SPF 50+ now.