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Wait, What is Mineral Sunscreen?

Natural Face Sunscreen

Your summer holidays are drawing near, and while your first inclination might be to get your bodies ready your cozzies, we encourage you to arm yourself with the best mineral sunscreen ahead of your holidays or travels.

Summer trends come and go, but preventative skin care never goes out of style!

It's important to know that not all sunscreens are created equally. There are two main different types - chemical and mineral - and what makes them different from each other all comes down to the way they block the harsh UV rays.

Chemical (non-mineral) sunscreens are the ones that have more difficult-to-pronounce ingredients, like Avobenzone and Octinoxate. These active ingredients absorb UV rays by converting them into heat and sending them right back out to where they came from. So, the chemical filters don’t physically block the UV from penetrating the skin, but rather absorb the damage caused by the UV.

Mineral sunscreens typically have either Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide as the two key ingredients. It acts as a physical barrier that sits on the skin’s surface and reflects the UV rays that make up the light hitting the skin. That’s why you’ll sometimes hear people call them "physical sunscreens". Mineral sunscreen is also highly recommended for those who have sensitive or acne-prone skin. What’s more, mineral sunscreens are generally known as reef-safe options, since they aren't made up of ingredients such as Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, and Octocrylene.

So, is mineral sunscreen better than chemical sunscreen? Given the potential environmental impact and a few chemical sunscreen recalls here and there, mineral sunscreens do tend to be more trusted across the board.  

Now that we’ve talked a little bit about both mineral and non-mineral sunscreen types and we've uncovered how they both work to protect us, we want to make sure that whichever option you decide on, you remember to REAPPLY.   Even though our sunscreen products are water resistant, do yourself (and your friends and family) a favour and make sure that between jumping in and out of the water, drying off or playing a heated game of bat and ball, you lather on another layer of the good stuff.

Apply, Reapply, Repeat. A motto to live by! We don’t care if you use ours, just use sunscreen.

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