Recently there have been a lot of debates surrounding the effects of chemical sunscreens particularly around some of the ingredients they include; Oxybenzone and avobenzone.
These chemicals are usually found to linger in the blood system after use. If you’re like us and want to forego any questionable ingredients, we recommend choosing mineral sunscreens. Here’s a quick guide on how to choose the right mineral sunscreen for your skin type:
Be mindful of the ingredients.
According to the EWG, the ingredients in sunscreen should not irritate your skin or cause allergies. Their research suggests that consumers should actively avoid sunscreens that include oxybenzone as it has been linked to hormone disruptions and skin allergies. Mineral sunscreens on the other hand are made up of zinc oxide and titanium dioxide usually in the form of nanoparticles that rarely ever penetrate the skin. The EWG database generally recommends mineral sunscreens containing these two ingredients as they meet their standards of effectiveness and safety.
Choose Broad Spectrum
Always pick sunscreens that offer broad-spectrum protection. Sunscreens with these labels generally protect against both UVA and UVB rays. Also, it may be important to note that products need to pass a certain test to be called ‘broad spectrum’. The sunscreens that are not broad spectrum must specify a warning that it protects only against sunburn and not skin cancer or aging.
SPF Matters. Period
According to the American Academy of Dermatologists, one should use sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30. The SPF number usually conveys how long the sun’s UV radiation would take to cause redness when using the product versus the amount of time spent without application. With SPF 30, it would take 30 times longer to burn than if you weren’t wearing any sunscreen. However, it is important to remember that the higher the SPF, doesn’t necessarily mean you are safe for a longer period of time. Regardless of SPF, one needs to reapply sunscreen every two hours and also ensure additional sun protection when spending time outdoors.
Remember ‘water-resistant’ does not mean ‘waterproof’.
Sunscreens are not designed to be waterproof or sweatproof. If the label claims that the product is water-resistant, it must state the number of minutes it may last. Be it forty or eighty, re-application every two hours is a must when one is swimming or sweating.
The Final Verdict on Mineral Vs Chemical Sunscreens
At Clean Beauty Booth we believe mineral is the way to go. Chemical sunscreens do work only by penetrating the skin. Mineral sunscreens are usually much safer for individuals that are concerned about long-term exposure to chemicals. It is also great for individuals with sensitive skin as the heat dissipation caused by chemical sunscreens can exacerbate the effects of melasma. Sunscreens that contain zinc oxide provide broad-spectrum protection similar to what you would get in a chemical sunscreen, without the harmful ingredients. And we haven’t gotten to the best part yet! It can also be applied over makeup and other skincare products making it the most effective and convenient choice.