Sunblock stick

Becoming more and more popular, the sunblock stick comes in smaller containers than the usual sunblock tube and is thus extremely handy. Over the years, the technology involved in the creation of sun care products has evolved dramatically. With consumers' needs always changing, it's critical that the industry keep up with the demands. Thus the demand for a sunblock in a stick to handle any sun care needs while you're on the go, evolved.

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Face sunblock sticks

Some stick brands will formulate for the face alone, aiming to protect the face from sun, wind, cold and water safely and naturally. As an easy to use, no-mess stick that fits nicely in beach bags, daypacks or backpacks, or even your carry on bag, it is no wonder they are popular! Also, although primarily formulated for the face, they can be applied to the body as required.

Baby sunblock sticks

Other sunblock brands design a formula specifically for a baby's sensitive skin. These often combine a 100% naturally sourced ingredient list to allow for extra sensitive skins, plus a waterproof quality. PABA free, paraben-free, non-toxic and non-chemical, these sticks also fit into your pocket, handbag or diaper bag.

Besides being popular for babies, they often become the whole family's favorite due to it's ease of application and no-fuss packaging. Additionally, they tend to have a non-greasy consistency so you don't have to worry about an unsightly shine on your face.


Many of these formulas choose to use either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide as the active sunscreen, in a micronized, non-whitening form. These physical sunblocks scatter and reflect the sun's UVA and UVB rays, thereby offering UVA-UVB broad-spectrum protection. In addition to the basic sun protection, you will find many formulas containing antioxidants and vitamins and moisturizing ingredients such as aloe vera.

Qualities to look out for in a sunblock stick are:

  • UVA/UVB Protection
  • Non-Greasy
  • Non-Migrating/Won't Run into Eyes
  • Waterproof
  • Oil Free
  • Hypoallergenic
  • Neutral Fragrance
  • No Animal Testing

When it comes to a makeup routine, you will find this new form of sunblock particular useful. If you want to protect your complexion, simply apply the sunblock to the areas of your face that need it and then continue to apply your foundation, powder, etc. This allows you to spend a day in the sun without putting your face at risk for UV exposure, while maintaining the perfect makeup look.

Its nifty carrying size also makes sunblock stick easy to bring along in your purse, pocket, or in your car for quick reapplication. Now you don't have to worry about carrying around a large tube or bottle of regular sunblock.

In general, most people don't like to deal with regular sunblock because they claim it is messy and a pain to apply. For many the stick design seems to have the answer.

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