The sunscreen stick is a handy and effective tool to protect your skin against harmful sun rays.
What is a sunscreen stick?
A sunscreen stick is a portable and compact sun care product that usually comes in a lip balm-like package. It contains sunscreen in a solid form, making it easy and precise to apply to the skin. Sunscreen sticks are designed to be used on the face and other sensitive areas such as the ears, neck and shoulders. They are ideal for travelling, during sports activities or for everyday use.
How a sunscreen stick works
A sunscreen stick works in the same way as traditional sunscreen: it offers protection against the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. There are two types of UV rays that sunscreen products protect against: UVA and UVB. UVA rays penetrate deep into the skin and can cause premature aging, while UVB rays are responsible for sunburn. A good sunscreen stick protects against both types of radiation.
The active ingredients in sunscreen sticks can be chemical or physical. Chemical ingredients absorb UV rays and convert them into heat, while physical ingredients (such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide) act as a barrier that reflects and scatters UV rays. Both types of ingredients are effective in protecting the skin from sun damage.
Benefits of a sunscreen stick:
- Easy application: Sunscreen sticks are easy to apply, especially on small or hard-to-reach areas such as the nose, ears and eye area.
- No mess: The solid shape ensures no mess, which often occurs when using liquid sunscreens.
- Water Resistant: Many sunscreen sticks are water resistant, making them a great choice for use during water sports or swimming.
- Compact and portable: Due to their small size, sunscreen sticks are easy to carry in a bag or pocket, so you are always protected from the sun.