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THE BRIGHT SIDE

What’s the right pick: chemical or mineral?

onestly, this answer is up to you. Either type works; the key is just it. “Both forms are safe; the most effective sunscreen is the one you’ll actually wear,” says Marina Peredo, MD, a New York dermatologist. As for any difference between the two? “Mineral sunscreens, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are considered physical blockers because they sit on the surface of the skin and reflect away ultraviolet rays,” says Jacqueline Berliner, MD, a dermatologist in Greenwich, Connecticut. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, are made of molecules that sink into skin to absorb rays and turn the energy into heat that is then dissipated.

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