3. Chemical Sunscreens
On the topic of sunscreen, both Nazarian and Dr. Samer Jaber of Washington Square Dermatology in New York said they prefer to use physical sunscreens over chemical sunscreens. For Jaber, it’s personal preference, while Nazarian said she likes the gentler formulations of physical blockers.
“I don’t really like chemical sunscreens,” Nazarian said. “I know they’re safe, I know they’re fine, I just feel like sometimes they can irritate more and I don’t need things absorbing into my skin. Also, physical blockers, like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are so much gentler and they’re good at reflecting ultraviolet radiation. I am much less likely to use a chemical sunscreen when I have the option of a physical sunscreen.”