The Sunscreen Scene: Mineral vs Chemical SPF

The Sunscreen Scene: Mineral vs Chemical SPF
The Sunscreen Scene: Mineral vs Chemical SPF

Did you know? There are two types of SPF: mineral and chemical.

Before choosing an SPF there are a few things to consider — the most debated being whether to use mineral or chemical SPF.

New FDA research shows that some sunscreen chemicals can penetrate the skin and end up in your blood stream at levels above FDA’s thresholds for safety testing. Therefore, using SPF products with active ingredients, such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, is a safe, conscious choice you can make to help avoid potentially harmful chemicals.

Read on to learn the main differences between mineral and chemical SPF!

Mineral SPF is naturally broad spectrum, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays. Titanium Dioxide and Zinc Oxide's minerals reflect the sun's rays creating a natural barrier against harmful UV rays.

Chemical sunscreens use chemicals like Oxybenzone and Octinoxate that absorb into the skin and create a hormonal reaction with UV rays that actually raises your body temperature, and most obviously, absorbs chemicals into your skin and bloodstream.

Mineral SPF is effective immediately. Since the minerals in mineral SPF are actually reflecting UV rays they start working immediately. No wait time means more fun in the sun!

Conversely, chemical SPF needs time to absorb into your skin and react with UV rays to start working usually at least 20 minutes.

Mineral SPF is hypo-allergenic. Since Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide are the active ingredients in mineral SPF it is suitable for even the most sensitive skin.

The active ingredients in chemical sunscreen have the potential to cause allergic reactions and hormonal disruptions - not something you should worry yourself with while splashing at the pool.

Get ready for summer and swap out your chemical sunscreens for clean, mineral-based sun protection. 

Keep UV rays at bay with Mineral SPF 30 Brush-on Sun Defense.

Learn more:
Sunscreen Chemicals Soak All the Way Into Your Bloodstream (Wired.com)
The Trouble With Ingredients in Sunscreens (Environmental Working Group)