Sunblock vs. Sunscreen: Which One Should You Bring to the Beach?


You’re about to hit one of the many beaches in Venice, Florida, but there is one problem. Don’t worry, it’s not a big one. It’s actually quite a bit easier to figure out than you might think. You are torn between sunscreen and sunblock. It’s an age-old debate, with fervent believers on both sides. Let’s settle this one once and for all by finally deciding which one is beach-worthy and which one needs to stay home.

The Ingredients

First, you need to look at the ingredients. Sunscreen typically contains benzophenones. These organic compounds are what protect your skin against UVA radiation. Basically, you can thank these bad boys for preventing wrinkles.

Sunscreen usually has salicylates and cinnamates, as well. These compounds protect your skin from dangerous UVB rays. That’s how sunscreen keeps you from getting sunburns and melanomas.

These compounds absorb the sun’s rays when they hit your skin. Think of sunscreen like a pair of sunglasses. You know when you slip your sunglasses on and you still see sunlight, but it’s not nearly as harsh? That’s how these ingredients work. The ingredients absorb some of the sun’s rays, while still letting some rays pass through. By absorbing the majority of the rays, your skin stays safe.

Sunblock utilizes titanium dioxide and zinc oxide. Think of these powerful ingredients as blockers. These ingredients prevent the sun’s rays from making its way to your skin. That means the ingredients prevent wrinkles, sunburns, and cancer.

The Effects

Now you know about the ingredients, but what about the effects? Which one will keep your skin looking and feeling great?

Well, both, actually.

It’s true that sunblock prevents the rays from reaching your skin altogether, so you will get less UVB and UVA exposure when you wear it. However, sunscreen absorbs enough rays to keep your skin safe. That’s why you’re good to go, no matter which one you wear.

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Both offer a good amount of protection, but sometimes, you need to choose one over the other.

For example, let’s say you have sensitive skin. If that’s the case, you need to go with sunblock. Its active ingredients are less irritating than the ingredients found in sunscreen.

You also need to ask yourself if you want to tan. If you do, sunblock isn’t right for you. It’ll block out all those rays.

You need to keep those things in mind, but when push comes to shove, both will protect you from the sun, so put either in your beach bag.

Now that you know how to protect yourself at the beach, you need to figure out how you’re going to protect yourself on the roads. That’s where Venice Toyota in Venice, Florida, comes in. Did you know that Toyota had more IIHS Top Safety Pick+ winners than any other brand in 2017? Add in the fact that it also received more J.D. Power Vehicle Dependability Awards than any other brand in 2017 and it’s easy to see why it’s the obvious choice. You might not have a clear winner when it comes to the battle between sunscreen and sunblock, but you do have a clear winner in the battle between Toyota and everyone else.