Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreen: What You Need To Know

As you've heard time and time again, (and we will continue to shout it from the rooftops ☺️ ), you NEED to apply sunscreen 365 days of the year regardless of rain or shine, in order to safely protect your skin from cancer and premature aging. But with various types of sunscreen it can be tricky to know which one to choose, our team has dived into the differences between mineral and chemical sunscreen so you don't have to. 

While both mineral (physical) and chemical sunscreens provide protection, they differ in how they protect us against the suns harmful rays and of corse, their ingredients.

Mineral Sunscreen

There are only two ingredients that fall under mineral sunscreen and they are:

  • Titanium Dioxide 
  • Zinc Oxide 

These ingredients can be used individually or together! They work by sitting ontop of the skin and blocking approx 95% of UV rays, while also reflecting back approx 5%. Mineral sunscreen use to leave a whist residue behind but all of our sunscreens have clean ingredients to prevent this and instead leave you with a healthy glow!

Chemical Sunscreen

Chemical sunscreens are formulas that use chemical filters and they include over 30 different ingredients such as oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate, and avobenzone. These sunscreens deflect the sun’s UV rays by causing a chemical reaction. The chemical reaction convert UV rays into heat and released them from the body. 

Mineral sunscreens outweigh chemical sunscreens when it comes to their benefits.

Chemical Sunscreen Benefits:

  • Protects against brand spectrum UVA and UBV rays

Mineral Sunscreen Benefits:

  • Protects against brand spectrum UVA and UBV rays
  • Reef-safe
  • Safe for Sensitive Skin
  • Cruelty-free
  • Free from toxic chemicals (but always check double check the label to be safe!)
  • Active mineral ingredients
  • Easy to apply


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