SUN­SCREEN LINGO: WHAT’S THE DIF­FER­ENCE?

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Min­eral or “phys­i­cal” sun­screens are made with ti­ta­nium diox­ide and/or zinc ox­ide, which work by re­flect­ing, scat­ter­ing and ab­sorb­ing the sun’s rays. Both of­fer broad-spec­trum pro­tec­tion, mean­ing they act as shields against UVA and UVB rays.

Chem­i­cal sun­screen fil­ters (a fam­ily of en­gi­neered in­gre­di­ents in­clud­ing avoben­zone, ho­mos­alate and oxy­ben­zone) work by ab­sorb­ing UV rays and have to be used in com­bi­na­tion to achieve broad-spec­trum pro­tec­tion.

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