With glorious summer in full swing, outdoor garden fun and lazy beach lounging are on the horizon. Beaming sun provides much needed Vitamin D but protection from harmful UV rays are on all of our minds. Not all sunscreens are created equally, so we wanted to break it down and share the three ways that choosing well-formulated mineral sunscreen is better than conventional chemical sunscreen.
What’s the difference between Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreens?
All sunscreens act as a protective shield between our skin and the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. Mineral sunscreens, often called physical sunscreens, rely on mineral compounds like zinc oxide or titanium dioxide to create a protective barrier on the skin's surface. These minerals work by reflecting and scattering UV rays away from the skin. Chemical sunscreens contain chemical filters such as oxybenzone or octinoxate, which absorb and neutralize UV radiation before it can penetrate the skin.
#1: Mineral Sunscreens are Effective Immediately
This brings us to our #1 reason why we love mineral sunscreens; they are immediately effective since they act as a physical shield, so you can reapply and know you are being protected instantly, which is much more convenient in our busy lives.
Chemical sunscreens take time to absorb into the skin before becoming effective, so applying chemical sunscreen at least 20 minutes before sun exposure is recommended.
#2: Less Irritation with Skincare Ingredients to Soothe
If you are someone who experiences sensitive skin, mineral sunscreen is the better choice as they are less likely to cause irritation or allergic reactions compared to chemical sunscreens. We love Everyday Human’s Rose From Above sunscreen because it uses soothing ingredients such as upcycled rose oil, ceramides, and yucca root to calm sensitive skin while it protects you from the sun’s harmful rays. Resting Beach Face SPF 30 Sunscreen serum is a incredible multi-tasker to protect your skin from UV rays, pollution and premature aging with hyaluronic acid and plant-powered antioxidants to double as a hydrating moisturizer. Using these mineral sunscreens daily can help maintain your healthy, youthful vibrancy from the cellular level.
#3: Save Your Skin, Save the Planet
Mineral sunscreens are more environmentally friendly than chemical ones. The mineral compounds used in these sunscreens are biodegradable and do not harm coral reefs or marine life, making them a responsible choice for those who care about the environment. Conventional sunscreens, on the other hand, have raised concerns about their impact on marine ecosystems. Certain chemical filters are harmful to coral reefs and other aquatic organisms, contributing to the degradation of delicate marine ecosystems. The choice you make on which sunscreen you use has a great impact on the planet and wildlife, so choose wisely.
Now you Know "Why", but What About "How"?
Even if you use sunscreen regularly, are you using enough to protect yourself effectively? Most people tend to apply less sunscreen than they need. For effective protection, apply at least two finger lengths of sunscreen to cover your face. For the body, the average person needs about 30ml of sunscreen for full protection. Remember that commonly overlooked areas such as the ears, back of the neck, and tops of the feet need protection too! Be sure to reapply sunscreen every two hours or more frequently if exposed to water or sweat. Sunscreen is your friend, so you should always be generous with your application!
A Holistic Sun Protection Plan
There is nothing like feeling the sunshine kiss your face, but we want you to embrace the rays safely. Sunscreen is just one aspect of your holistic skin protection plan so you don’t need to worry about sun exposure. For me, I’ve built a habit around my sun care ritual which includes using sunscreen and Rey's Argousie Serum, seeking shade when possible and wearing a hat and other protective clothing to ensure I’m doing everything I can to reduce the risk when enjoying the sunshine.
Embrace the REY’S with Mineral Sunscreen
When choosing the right sunscreen, understanding the differences between mineral and conventional sunscreens is crucial. While both types provide sun protection, mineral sunscreen offers numerous benefits, including immediate protection, gentleness on sensitive skin, and a reduced environmental impact. By incorporating mineral sunscreen into our daily skincare routine, we protect ourselves from the harmful effects of UV radiation while preserving our skin’s vitality and its impact on the environment. Remember, sun protection is a lifelong commitment, so apply sunscreen and take other sun-safe measures daily. Your skin and the planet will thank you in the long run, so go ahead and give them the protection they deserve. Now that you know the reasons why we love mineral sunscreen, what will you choose this summer?