Difference between sunscreen and sunblock

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With the arrival of summer, sunscreen and sunblock have started selling like hotcakes. They are both an essential part of numerous summer skin care routines, and besides their names, most people are not fully aware of the differences between the two. So, what are they? What do they do? And which one is best for you? Read on for a detailed understanding behind the two most popular forms of sun protection.

What is sunscreen?

In common parlance, sunscreen is used to filter or screen the ultraviolet rays emitted by the sun. It keeps most of the rays out, but allows a minimal amount to enter. It is the most common type of sun protection used and is widely available online and offline. Sunscreens usually have a light consistency compared to sunblock, due to their individual purpose structure and differences. It’s also easy to wash off, and sometimes just because of the sweat, demands re-application if you need sun protection. Experts recommend using it all year round, not limited to hot summers.

What is a sunblock?

The lesser known of the two sunblocks is the product. Its purpose is to reflect all the sun’s rays so that no one can enter your skin. Due to its properties, the sunblock is made using a different formula, resulting in a dense, heavy, paste-like consistency that enables it to fulfill its purpose. It is much more challenging to wash off and does not go away easily than sunscreen. Ideal to apply when swimming in the local pool or beach!

Properly covered, it will withstand a great deal of adverse conditions. The environment in which you express yourself needs to be tested with both to suit your skin and to meet your needs. I recommend using a light textured, natural, moisturizing sunscreen all year round to cut down on the full amount of its benefits.

Namrata Reddy Sirupa co-founder, with input from Satliva.




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