Have You Heard Of Liposomal Sunscreen? Here’s What You Need To Know

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MOISTURISER SWATCH

We’re spoiled for choice when it comes to sunscreen in Australia. Our scorching sun calls for some stellar protection, after all. But one type of sunscreen you may not have heard of yet? Liposomal.

Up until recently, we had no idea about it either! But from what we’ve learnt, it’s certainly one to have your radar. Because when it comes to sun protection, one thing we do know is that using a sunscreen that’s best suited to you (and your family) is the best way to ensure daily use.

So join us as we get up to speed on all things liposomal and the benefits it offers.

What is liposomal sunscreen?

The way liposomal sunscreen works is quite clever.

Small particles containing the UV-blocking component of sunscreen absorb into the uppermost layer of the skin, rather than sitting on top of it (but they do not penetrate the skin or enter the bloodstream).

Cetaphil Sun Kids Liposomal Lotion SPF50+ ($15.99 at Chemist Warehouse) makes use of liposome in its formula to deliver active ingredients in a bilayer. This means it’s more easily and evenly spread across the skin. And if you’ve got a squirmy kid who hates standing still while you slather on SPF, you’ll know how much of a bonus that is.

The difference between physical, chemical and liposomal

The biggest difference between liposomal and physical sunscreen is the fact that physical

lies on top of the skin’s surface. It creates a barrier which reflects UV radiation. It’s why these types of sunscreens are often associated with a thick feel and white cast, as they don’t actually absorb.

Chemical sunscreens on the other hand are absorbed into the epidermis and metabolised by the body, which is why they’re often preferred by those seeking a lightweight feel or who may find physical sunscreens too heavy for their sensitive skin. Cetaphil Sun Ultra-light Lotion SPF50+ ($15.99 at Chemist Warehouse), for example, is a chemical sunscreen that works great for everyday use and sits well under makeup.

What’s different about liposomal is that it doesn’t sit on top of the skin; its penetration and absorption is only superficial. It only goes as far as the upper layer of the skin, which helps to reduce irritation, while still providing optimal protection. Yet another reason why it’s great for use as a kids sunscreen and for sensitive skin.

The benefits of liposomal sunscreen

When you think about the most common sunscreen complaints, it seems the superior technology of liposomal sunscreen tackles a lot of them.

It’s easily spread, lasts longer, and sits where it’s needed in the skin for a protective effect. It feels lightweight, but at a reduced absorption, which can provide benefits for sensitive skin types.

It’s true that Cetaphil Sun Kids Liposomal Lotion SPF50+ and Cetaphil Sun Ultra-light Lotion SPF50+ share a lot of the same positives and both are great for everyday use for the whole family. The difference is mainly the level of absorption and the fact one is chemical and one is liposomal.

And now that we know more about the latter, there’s a lot to love about liposomal.

ALWAYS READ THE LABEL. FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS FOR USE.

Limit sun exposure and use protective clothing, hats and eye wear. Keep out of eyes. Reapply sunscreen regularly.

Had you heard of liposomal sunscreen before? Have you tried Cetaphil Sun?

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Comments 25

    • Yes I trust this brand so I will certainly look at next sunscreen purchase.I have just purchased a large canger soc sunscreen so i will need to keep this one in mind

      • Correction-Yes I trust this brand so I will certainly look at next sunscreen purchase.I have just purchased a large cancer soc sunscreen so i will need to keep this one in mind

  1. I dislike anything heavy on my skin, yet I like physical sunscreen because if I reluctantly get caught in the sun, I can’t feel the sunlight on my skin – it feels like I’m in the shade. (I hope that makes sense – I can’t bear feeling sunlight on my skin.)

  2. Thought this must be a new product but there are 4 reviews (4.5/5stars) on Bh from 2015-2020 so been around over 6 years.

    Mixed comments re smell/shine etc. Methinks a Bh trial is in order – for all ages and not just kids.

    Wonder if some ingredients in sunscreen could be causing us harm – cover up/avoid extreme times of day May be the way to go – and then take vitamin D supplement!

    Mixed comments re smell/shine etc. Methinks a Bh trial is in order – for all ages and not just kids.

    • I’m even having trouble posting a comment on an article! Doubled up on a paragraph (did a copy/paste to move it) and it posted – can’t see that I can edit – on my phone that is.

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