Here are my favorite physical and chemical sunscreens！ I wear sunscreen every day whether I am going out or not because…where there is light, there is damage. Everyone’s sunscreen-wearing habits are different and I respect that, just here for honest recommendations💌Quick Recap of Physical vs. Chemical Sunscreens!
Physical sunscreens block UV radiation by depositing a physical barrier on top of the skin to bounce off UVA and UVB rays. They’re known for being friendlier to sensitive skin and can contain helpful sebum-controlling ingredients. Chemical sunscreens block UV rays by absorbing UVA and UVB rays and then destroying them by converting them to heat. See My Check-ins below！
（Note, you should reapply sunscreen every 3 hours for maximum protection, but my wear test was mostly indoors and I didn’t want to reapply to mess with the accuracy of how each wears throughout the day）Kanebo ALLIE Extra UV Gel Sunscreen - SPF50+ PA - $25 for 90ml
🌥 Physical sunscreen (mostly)
- Zinc oxide but also contains lower concentrations of chemical sunscreen ingredients like: ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate, ethylhexyl triazone
Ingredient callouts -sodium hyaluronate (moisturizing)
🤔My Experience -
This is almost like an in-between the physical and chemical sunscreens that I own. It doesn’t get as dewy as the Lancome one but doesn’t control oils as well as the PURITO and The Beet Shield. Wears just as good under makeup as the Lancome one, but for A LOT CHEAPER.
: Normal to dry skin, combo skin in winter months, under makeupLancôme UV Expert Aquagel Defense Primer & Moisturizer SPF 50 - $39 for 30ml (on sale right now for $29 on Lancôme’s website!)
- Avobenzone 3%, Homosalate 10.7%, Octisalate 3.2%, Octocrylene 6%, Oxybenzone 3.9%Ingredient callouts -
Vitamin E, Moringa Extract, and Edelweiss Extract:
“Potent antioxidants that improve skin‘s appearance.”🤔My Experience -
More suitable to wear under makeup, has major hydrating effects so it can appear greasy if just worn by itself on combo skin. Perfect for colder winter months! Have already repurchase to stock up for winter.✨Recommended for:
Normal to dry skin, combo skin in winter months, under makeupKrave The Beet Shield - $20 Innovative UV filters
that are not used in the US yet, which is why it’s not marketed explicitly as a “sunscreen” (c’mon FDA catchup) - Diethylamino Hydroxybenzoyl Hexyl, Benzoate/DHHB (Uvinul A Plus), Ethylhexyl Triazone (Octyl triazone), Isoamyl p-Methoxycinnamate (Amiloxate), Bis-Ethylhexyloxyphenol Methoxyphenyl Triazine/BEMT (Tinosorb S), Polysilicone-15Ingredient callouts -
Beetroot Extract, Allantoin, Vitamin C, Resveratrol, and EGCG, powerful anti-oxidants!
🤔My Experience - I’m on my second bottle (more like my bf is, he used up my first bottle by himself…). This is just similar to the PURITO one in the sense that it doesn’t get oily at all. This one blends faster, but does have a little bit of fragrance.
✨Recommended for: All skin typesPURITO Comfy Water Sun Block SPF50+ PA + + + + Unscented - $15.9 for 60ml on Amazon
- Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide(CI 77891)Ingredient callouts -
Niacinamide improves pigmentation and even skin tone🤔My Experience -
This is a recent favorite! Found this to be more suitable for oily parts of my face, and it doesn’t get shiny after hours of wear and re-application. My skin had no reaction to the sunscreen at all, my boyfriend who has oily sensitive skin is gonna love this!✨Recommended for:
All skin types, especially oily and sensitive
Here's a recap! Hope you found this helpful in your search of a perfect daily sunscreen!