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  • 20.03.31

 Sunblock vs Sunscreen: The ultimate showdown

Are you one of the illiterate folks on sun care out there? If your answer is yes, don’t miss this opportunity to become a sun care expert!!

Written by Ro Moohyun


The ever-lasting cold has gone and a new season, the budding season has finally arrived. However, the warmth of the spring is not all what is there waiting for us. As the temperature rises, the risk of UV exposure also increases, and the thought of wearing sunscreen spontaneously bangs our head.

This conundrum perhaps drums on everybody’s mind at least once in their lifetime. Sunblock or sunscreen? What are they and how they are different from each other? I have always thought the two words are interchangeable. As a matter of fact, both words are widely used by most people without any differentiation recognised.

I was at a beauty shop the other day, stuck at my decision-making disorder between a sunblock and a sunscreen. I was furious; nobody would be able to give me the answer to end this war in my head. These two tricky monsters racked my head yet again and here I am, proud of calling myself a ‘sun care expert’

All sunscreens are categorised into 2 different types: physical and chemical. These differences characterised by how the substances of a sunscreen react to UV in order to protect our skin.


 Physical sunscreens create a UV barrier atop your skin

 ☞ The most distinguishable feature of physical sunscreens is the physical layer to keep harmful UVs out of your invaluable skin.

 Pros of physical sunscreens

Physical sunscreens offer both UVA and UVB protection

Considered safer than chemical-oriented sunscreens as to skin irritation

Immediately effective after applied

Long-lasting life

 Cons of physical sunscreens

 Heavy and thick texture.

Can be easily rubbed off by sweat and water

Can cause a white case

Our PURITO Comfy Water Sun Block is armoured with skin-safe ingredient that guard your skin 24/7. It is going to be your guardian which provides the ultimate UV protection that you need. Its formula is 70% water based, therefore light, goes easy on your skin without stickiness or a white cast.

 Chemical sunscreens are like babies’ bottom.

 ☞ One of the great benefits of using chemical sunscreens is their milk-like texture. They are not as heavy as physical sunscreens, yet provide the same degree of protection.

 Pros of chemical sunscreens

Unlike physical sunscreens, chemical sunscreens are lighter and thinner, lotion-like

Provide the same quality of protection with a less amount.


Significantly less white cast

 Can worsen your redness

 ☞ As chemical sunscreens can worsen the underlying condition of your skin, we don’t recommend to those who have pre-existing skin problems or who have sensitive skin.

 Cons of chemical sunscreens

 Can irritate the skin for those have dry or sensitive skin.

 Take 20-30mins to be fully effective

 Can cause redness as the chemicals of a sunscreen change UVs into heat in the process.

Forged with the skin-soothing ingredients, the PURITO Centella Green Level Safe Sun is a water-based chemical sunscreen which helps soothe your skin. With its centella formula, this sun block is free of skin irritation and effectively filter out UVs. This is going to be your one-and-only sidekick whenever you are out in the sun.

Now you know the differences, the real sun care savvies don’t just relish on the information. Time to practice. Try a couple of products out and pick whichever suits your skin best.

 All Information is factual and based on our research

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