Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreen - what's the TEA

Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreen - what's the TEA

Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreen

Like many skincare products, sunscreens can be confusing, and there’s a lot of opposing information out there about the various types of sunscreens and which one is best. Mineral? Chemical?

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.



Is Mineral Sunscreen Better Than Chemical Sunscreen?

The best sunscreen is the one you will actually wear. So while mineral sunscreens may be more trusted across the board, it's only "better" if you'll actually wear it. Pay less attention to the mineral vs chemical debate and instead focus on finding a broad-spectrum sunscreen you love that's SPF 30 or higher. And of course, if you have specific health concerns, always speak to your physician before trying a new sunscreen.
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