The Difference Between Mineral and Chemical Sunscreens

November 23, 2023

When it comes to protecting your skin from the sun, sunscreen is an important tool. But with so many different types of sunscreen on the market, it is not clear what to choose. One important factor to consider is whether the sunscreen is mineral or chemical.

So, what's the difference?

Mineral sunscreen

Mineral sunscreens, also known as physical sunscreens, use active ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to reflect the sun's rays away from the skin. They create a physical barrier on the skin that protects against UVA and UVB rays. Mineral sunscreens are generally considered safe and effective and less likely to cause irritation or allergies than chemical sunscreens.

Chemical sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, use active ingredients such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, or octinoxate to absorb the sun's rays and convert them into heat, which is then released from the skin. Chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin and can be more effective at blocking UVB rays than mineral sunscreens. However, they may irritate the skin and are more likely to cause allergies. They may also be more harmful to the environment, as some chemical sunscreens have been found to contribute to coral reef bleaching.

So, which one should you choose?

Mineral sunscreen may be the best choice if you have sensitive skin or are looking for a more natural option. On the other hand, if you are looking for a sunscreen that is more effective at blocking UVB rays or want a product that is more easily absorbed by the skin, chemical sunscreen may be a better option.

Regardless of which type you choose, it's important to remember that sunscreen should be used in conjunction with other sun protection measures, such as seeking shade, wearing protective clothing, and avoiding peak sun hours.

Please remember that the sun is not our skin's enemy.

We need the sun and sunlight. We have to be careful and mindful not to burn. You know the drill: don't lie directly in the sun in summer between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

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