Can Face & Body Sunscreen Be Used Interchangeably?

Can Face & Body Sunscreen Be Used Interchangeably?
Monday, July 31, 2017

Are you one of those who think it’s convenient to slap on body sunscreen on your face in the name of convenience?

Well… think again. Body sunscreens might be harming your face than actually protecting it.

But, how are face and body sunscreens different?

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Body sunscreens are thicker in consistency, which is most probably going to clog up the pores on your face. You know it’s not going to be a pretty sight – clogged pores are going to lead to oil build up and acne. So those who have oily or sensitive skin, and are prone to breakouts might want to take down some notes.


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The game changer in face sunscreens is that they are non-greasy and non-comedogenic. Those with sensitive skin can find respite in that they are not infused with fragrances as well.

And since they are lighter in texture, face sunscreens absorb more readily into your skin, which you can conveniently wear under your makeup! Like body suscreens, opt for physical instead of chemical ones as the latter can irritate the skin. The former boasts protection by zinc oxide and titanium dioxide.


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The best body sunscreens are physical ones to fight off sunburns and ageing. The downside is that they often leave a white cast behind. The good news is that the white hue fades after a while in some formulas.

These ingredients not come in nano-sized particles that do not leave the same visible whiteness that you see in your conventional sunscreens. Alternatively, avoid the white cast by using tinted sunscreens.


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Some of you may develop back acne when applying body sunscreens. This is where you’ll find the non-comedogenic nature of face sunscreens to be useful in eliminating your bacne.

Can face and body sunscreen be used interchangeably? We reckon that you shouldn’t be using body sunscreens on your face. Face sunscreens can be your saving grace for acne-prone areas.

Let us know in the comment section below if you have other surefire tips to protect yourself from the ravages of the sun!