As summer begins it is important to remember to wear sunscreen. Sunscreen protects your skin against UV rays. There are two types of sunscreen: mineral based sunscreen and chemical based sunscreen.
What is Mineral Sunscreen?
Mineral sunscreen contains two natural minerals, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, as its active ingredients. Mineral sunscreen is non-toxic and reef safe. In addition mineral sunscreen physically blocks and reflects UV rays.
What is Chemical Sunscreen?
Chemical sunscreen contains many ingredients including oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate and octinoxate. Chemical sunscreens convert UV rays into heat, which is then released from the body.
Why is Mineral Sunscreen better than Chemical Sunscreen?
The main difference between mineral sunscreen and chemical sunscreen is their ingredients. Mineral sunscreen contains natural ingredients whereas chemical sunscreen contains non-natural, chemical ingredients. In addition, there are two kinds of UV radiation: UVA rays and UVB rays. While mineral based sunscreens protect against both UVA and UVB rays, chemical sunscreens only protect against UVB rays. Another reason to use mineral sunscreen over chemical sunscreen is that mineral sunscreen takes effect right when it is applied, whereas chemical sunscreen has to be applied fifteen minutes before exposure to the sun. In addition, mineral sunscreen lasts longer than chemical sunscreen and has a longer shelf life. Furthermore, mineral sunscreens are more natural and better for your skin. Mineral sunscreens are less irritating and unlikely to clog pores. While some mineral sunscreens are chalky and thick, there are mineral sunscreens that are tinted and made for easier use.