Should I Use Mineral Or Chemical Sunscreen?

Give your skin the sun protection it really needs

First thing’s first: Everyone needs to wear sunscreen everyday. A good SPF will protect your skin from all sorts of ultraviolet rays (from sun to screens) daily, and can bring you life-long returns, preventing things like age spots, fine lines, sunburn and possibly even skin cancer. Always look for Broad Spectrum SPF coverage, which protects against both UVA and UVB rays. Here’s what you need to know:

What is chemical sunscreen?

It’s exactly that—sunscreen formulated with chemical compounds. Once blended into skin, chemical sunscreens form a protective filter that absorbs and dissipates UV rays, preventing any further damage. It’s a fascinating chemical reaction that is completely traceless and effectively blocks out both UVA and UVB rays. Even though some (not our!) chemical sunscreens have gotten flack in recent years, if you pick one that is carefully formulated with certified-safe ingredients, you’ll be a-ok. Our Resting Beach Face and Oh My Bod! products feature active ingredients like avobenzone and homosalate, which are safe for your skin. These easy-to-use, weightless formulas have been further enriched with anti-pollution properties and antioxidants to boost skin health as well.

What is mineral sunscreen?

This features natural minerals—usually Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide—which are both naturally occurring active ingredients, making them a great SPF option for those with sensitive (or sensitised) skin (like melasma) and children. And while chemical sunscreens have to be absorbed into skin to work, mineral sunscreens sit on skin to deflect harmful UV rays from every angle. A common misconception is that mineral sunscreens leave a residue, but our Rosé S’il Vous Plait SPF30 formula dries to a velvety-matte finish with zero white/purple cast or greasy residue, all while restoring skin’s moisture-sebum balance and soothing any trouble spots.

Chemical VS Mineral for skin type 

According to skin type:

Ok, so now that you know exactly what’s what, what type of SPF should you use? If you have normal skin, chemical sunscreens are great for you, while mineral sunscreens are safe and suitable for sensitive, oily and acne prone skin types. Mineral sunscreens are also the safer option for children, and expecting or breast-feeding moms too. 

-Normal Skin = chemical sunscreens

-Sensitive Skin = Mineral sunscreens - safer option for children, and expecting or breast feeding moms too. 

According to texture:

Chemical sunscreens are fluid and fast-absorbing, and our Resting Beach Face will leave skin fresh and dewy. Plus, it is formulated with antioxidant-rich superfoods and hyaluronic acid making it a great day moisturizer as well. You can wear this alone or as the last step of your skincare, and it’s traceless under makeup. As mineral sunscreens sit on the skin’s surface, they can be worn over makeup. Our gentle Rosé S’il Vous Plait leaves skin velvety-matte with zero white/purple cast or residue, and contains soothing, rebalancing rose and aloe vera leaf extracts.

According to application:

Chemical sunscreens take about 20-30 minutes to absorb into skin, so apply accordingly before sun exposure. Mineral sunscreens work instantly upon application, but always remember to shake mineral formulas first as the main ingredients of Zinc Oxide and Titanium Dioxide may separate in the bottle. Both should be applied every two hours for optimum sun protection.

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