Which I Should Use Sunscreen or Sunblock?


Both Sunscreen or Sunblock has the same properties to protect your skin against the sun.

But which one you should use Sunscreen or Sunblock; it depends on your skin type and texture.

For people who have sensitive skin, sunblock with zinc oxide and titanium oxide are better. These ingredients are not very harsh on the skin, even in children’s sun care formula, these two amazing ingredients are used. If you have skin-concerns like rosacea or allergy, you should avoid products that contain fragrances, preservatives, and oxybenzone (PABA), they are usually found in sunscreens.

The Environmental Working Group has also cautioned against the use of sun protectants which are formulated with oxybenzone, it may cause an allergic reaction.

So, it’s very important to read the label before trying a new sunscreen or sunblock, this will help to get the protection that you need and avoid ingredients you may be sensitive to.

Many Skin’s Specialists recommend sun protectants that offer:

·       SPF 30 or more

·       Broad Spectrum Protection

·       Water Resistance Properties

What’s SPF?

SPF (Sun Protection Factor), tells you that how a product is capable to protect your skin from the sun’s UVB (Ultraviolet B rays).

The SPF number is an indication of how much time, it will take to redden upon exposure to the sun with protection as opposed to the amount of time without protection. If you exactly used as you directed, the sun protectant with SPF 30 will take the sun 30 times longer to burn the skin than skin directly exposed without protection. If you use a sunblock or sunscreen with SPF 50, it will take 50 times longer.

As per the data of the Skin Cancer Foundation, the sun-protectants with SPF 30 allows, only 3% of UVB rays to hit your skin, while SPF 50 allows only about 2 percent.

Our Recommendations

Some recommendations can be used for preventing sun-damage, sun-tanning, and other sun-related problems

BANILA CO Hello Sunny Essence Sun Stick Spf50+ Pa++++ Fresh
This is a high aspect sunscreen with SPF 50, protects your skin from the harmful UV rays of the skin and tanning as well as provides a soft touch to the skin.

COSRX Aloe Soothing Sun Cream 50Ml
This Sun cream has amazing aloe soothing sun protection properties with SPF 50, it contains 5,500ppm of aloe vera leaf extract which prevents your skin from dehydration and dryness also

HUXLEY Tone Up Cream; Stay Sun Safe Spf50+ Pa+++

This is a multifunctional sun-protecting cream, that protects, hydrates, brightens as well as evens out your skin tone. Also protects your skin from sun-damaged.

Other Important Properties of the Sunblock or Sunscreen


If your sunscreen or sunblock has labeled with water-resistant properties, it doesn’t mean that your product is waterproof. The FDA will no longer allow manufacturers to say their products are waterproof.

Which products are labeled as water-resistant, which means, the protection will be effective for 40 minutes in the water, then reapplication is necessary. Products that are labeled as very water-resistant will almost last for 80 minutes in the water.

Broad Spectrum

Sun-protectant labeled as Broad Spectrum, means that the product can protect from both UVA and UVB rays.


In the sun-protection formula, this term has not been approved by the FDA but It’s a general indication of being your product water and sweat resistant.

Sensitive Skin

The term “Sensitive Skin” hasn’t been approved for sun protection. It’s most likely an indication that the product is hypoallergenic and doesn’t include PABA, Oils, or fragrances.

So, before using, read the label carefully, if any of these ingredients may irritate your skin

Why You Should Use Sun Protection?

There are three most important reasons to use sun protection

·       UV radiation from the sun is the most serious threat for skin cancer, so to protect our skin from UV radiation, we should use sun protection

·       Sunburn is also a big concern, it can damage the skin’s cells and blood vessels which results in weakened skin that easily bruises.

·       According to the data of a 2013 study, it is proved that 80% of visible facial aging signs are the result of UV exposure. It can cause wrinkles, pigmentation, loss of elasticity, and degradation of skin’s texture.

Our Recommendations

Some recommendations can be used for preventing sun-damage, sun-tanning, and other sun-related problems

MISSHA All-Around Safe Block Essence Sun (SPF45/PA+++) 50ml

This is a sunblock that provides complete protection against UV rays, sun-damaged, suntan, and other skin-related problems.

NATURE REPUBLIC Califonia Aloe Daily Sunblock

A sunscreen that contains aloe vera leaf extract that protects your skin from harmful sun-rays and moisturizes and soothes your skin.

SOME BY MI Truecica Minera 100 Calming Suncream Spf 50Pa++++ 50Ml

A non-nano 100% physical sunscreen that provides broad-spectrum protection against UVA and UVB rays and strengthens irritated and sensitive skin.

What are the different types of Ultraviolet Radiation?

Sunlight includes visible light, heat, and UV radiation. Ultraviolet is divided into three types and is classified by wavelength.

UVA (Ultraviolet A)

95% of the UV radiation reaches the earth’s surface, UVA has a relatively long wavelength that can easily penetrate the deeper layers of the skin. Which is responsible for immediate tanning, it also can cause wrinkles and other aging signs, and the development of skin cancers.

UVB (Ultraviolet B)

This is a medium wavelength sun-radiation, which doesn’t reach the deeper layer of the skin, but still, it can harm the superficial layers of the skin. It may cause delayed sun tanning and burning and also promote skin-aging and skin cancer.

UVC (Ultraviolet C)

Ultraviolet C has a short wavelength, it is blocked by the earth’s atmosphere. So, it isn’t a concern with sun exposure. However, it can be dangerous with exposure to an artificial radiation source.

How Do I protect Myself from the Harmful Effects of the sun?

Staying out of the sun is the most effective way to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the sun, but It’s very hard to do.

So, here are some tips to protect yourself from the sun-exposure:

·       Avoid going in the sun from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., when the effect of the UV rays are the strongest

·       When you are going in the sun, wear sunglasses that filter UV light

·       Protect yourself by wearing protective clothing, such as long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and a wide-brimmed hat

·       And most important, apply a good kind of sunblock or sunscreen to the skin, which is more prone to the sun-exposure like your face, neck, hands, and feet.


Before starting to use or to buy, review the product’s label, Many sun protectants have a blend of sunscreen and sunblock, so consider before purchasing.

Look for those products that at least SPF 30 or greater and have broad-spectrum protection and water-resistant properties. Avoid those products that contain ingredients your skin may be sensitive to.

To Prevent burning, reapply sun-protectants every two hours, or every 40 to 80 minutes after being in the water or sweating.

Our Recommendations

Some recommendations can be used for preventing sun-damage, sun-tanning, and other sun-related problems

HEIMISH Artless Glow Base Spf50+ Pa+++(Renew)

This is a sunblock with SPF 50, also acts as a primer with sun-protecting properties. It protects your skin from the harmful UV rays and also creates a hydrating makeup base that doesn’t feel dry or patchy on your skin.

DR. JART+ Solarbiome™ Primer 50ml SPF50+ PA++++

This gives you two in one formula, it acts as both the primer or sunblock and provides complete protection against the harmful effects of UV rays and HEV radiation, also protects your skin from dust and impurities, and creates a base for flawless and dewy makeup application.

LAGOM Cellus Sun Gel Sunscreen SPF50+ PA+++

This is a hypoallergenic sun gel that features SPF 5o with UVA and UVB protection. A weightless sunblock, protect your skin from the harmful rays of the sun.

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