Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreen
What Is Mineral Sunscreen?
Also commonly referred to as physical sunscreen, "Mineral sunscreen is a physical sunscreen consisting of active ingredients like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide.
What Is Chemical Sunscreen?
Chemical sunscreen is a category of SPF that uses active ingredients to absorb the sun rays, turn them into heat, and then release the heat through the skin.
Mineral Sunscreens vs. Chemical Sunscreens: The Key Difference
The key difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens is that mineral/physical sunscreens sit on top of the skin and block sun rays at the surface using ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, and the formulations also tend to be thicker (and can potentially leave a white cast behind on darker skin tones).
Chemical sunscreens absorb rays like a sponge, chemical sunscreens are usually lighter, clearer, and more enjoyable to wear.