EltaMD UV Physical Sunscreen SPF 41
534 2nd Ave.
Collegeville PA 19426
775 East Lancaster Ave
Villanova PA 19085
Meet EltaMD UV Physical, an elegant sun block designed for extra-sensitive or post-procedural skin with just a touch of color.
Finding a chemical-free sunscreen packed full of mineral protection, that doesn’t leave a calling card of purple haze, can be quite a challenge. Selecting a sunscreen that withstands water, humidity and perspiration, but isn’t thick and gooey, is troublesome. Tracking down sun protection that won’t clog pores, but is still gentle on sensitive skin can really be a hassle. If you are looking for a sunscreen that has all these qualities, it can seem nearly impossible, but you’re in luck. EltaMD UV Physical combines the power of physical-only UV blockers in a fast-absorbing lotion that is oil-free and water –resistant for 40 minutes even during extreme activity. Originally designed for patients who had just completed invasive dermatological procedures like laser resurfacing, EltaMD Physical has become a crowd-pleasing favorite because of its multifaceted design. No matter what type of skin you have, or what kind of hard-hitting activity you participate in, this broad-spectrum UV protection will be your skin’s invisible little helper.
We talk about physical versus chemical sunscreens like its everyday knowledge, but what do those terms really mean, and how should this knowledge affect our decision when choosing a sunscreen? Chemical sunscreens as we know them came onto the market in the 1930’s and have been progressing in complexity and efficacy ever since. The chemicals added to these lotions, balms and sprays convert UV radiation into heat and release them from the body before they can cause cellular damage. In the 1980’s a new technology was harnessed; the use of naturally derived zinc oxide was identified as a way to reflect UV rays like a mirror rather than allowing these rays to absorb into skin and destroy them like a chemical sunscreen does. OK, so now we understand the science of how physical and chemical sunscreens work, which do we want? Each active sunscreen ingredient protects against only a fraction of the spectrum of UV light that causes damage to skin, creating a need for multiple chemical agents to span the majority of the spectrum. Check out the graph in the product photos to get a visual. As you can see, most chemical sunscreens provide spotty protection against only tiny chunks of the UV spectrum, but when you look at Zinc Oxide, it covers the vast majority of the spectrum all by itself. This is whey dermatologist recommend sunscreens with a healthy dose of physical blocker – to get broad spectrum protection. And you’re in luck, EltaMD Physical is packed full of Zinc Oxide.