When heading out on your summer vacay, one essential stop is likely at your local drugstore so you can stock up on a few bottles of sunscreen, because while you may want to enjoy a golden sun-kissed glow, ending up with a sunburn and looking like a cooked lobster is never a good look!
Apart from dealing with the uncomfortable side-effects of a sunburn, it puts your skin at risk for skin cancer and that is just never worth it, in our opinion.
If you never knew that there are even options when it comes to sunscreen then we are glad you found yourself here!
In this article we’ll break it down and explain just 6 reasons we encourage you to stay away from the chemical sunscreens and instead invest in a natural mineral sunscreen instead!
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Protects against UVA and UVB Rays
When it comes to skin protection, you want a sunscreen that will protect against more than just superficial damage (UVB rays) like sunburns, you want a sunscreen that will sink deep and protect against UVA rays too, because this is the wavelength that is strong enough to penetrate through glass and cause photo-aging, skin damage that manifests as lines and wrinkles and can drastically speed up the signs of aging.
Always look for mineral sunscreens which contain minerals like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, powerful minerals that provide protection against UVA and UVB rays. (Broad spectrum protection).
Starts working immediately
Chemical sunscreens need at least 30 minutes to sink into the skin and become active, because they work like a sponge absorbing UV rays.
Natural, mineral sunscreens, on the other hand, sit on the surface of the skin and act as a barrier, bouncing UV rays off the skin and back into the environment. This means that they are active and ready for you to soak up the sun right after application.
Better choice for oily/problem skin
When you use a mineral sunscreen, you may find that your skin is less likely to breakout, because the sunscreen sits in top instead of sinking in.
If you suffer from acne blemishes then you may have found yourself avoiding sunscreen for fear of breaking out. While chemical sunscreens can certainly clog the pores and contribute to problem skin, what you may not have known until now is that there is another option; natural sunscreen of course!
Always look for the term “non-comedogenic” on the label, fancy speak for “won’t clog the pores.”
Better option for sensitive skin
Unlike chemical sunscreens, where the active chemicals sink deep into the pores, mineral sunscreens are usually better well tolerated by sensitive-skinned individuals, because they sit on top of the skin, rather than absorb into the skin.
Chemical sunscreens are far more likely to increase the risk of photoallergic contact dermatitis, because their harsh ingredients are absorbed into the epidermis.
Safer for the environment
When you swim in the ocean covered in chemical sunscreen, the active chemicals like oxybenzone and octinoxate makes its way into the ocean where it puts the reefs at risk.
These chemicals also reach the oceans via coastal septic systems and municipal sewage lines too, so even if you wear chemical sunscreen in your pool you’re still putting the oceans at risk.
By switching to a natural, mineral sunscreen you can actually do your part towards protecting the reefs so we can live on a healthier, cleaner planet!
Easy to re-apply over makeup throughout the day
It’s not realistic to apply sunscreen over your makeup, unless you plan on redoing your whole look. Considering that sunscreen needs to be reapplied every 2-4 hours, this is something that may become a reality if you stick to the chemical version.
This is where mineral compacts come in really handy, because they contain the active minerals that help to provide broad spectrum protection and can be conveniently applied over your foundation on your lunch break or any time of the day you need a touch up.
These are our top reasons for switching to an all natural sunscreen. At the end of the day, it’s not only about your skin, but about your health and the environment too. Now all you need to do is spread the word and encourage all your friends and family to make the right choice next time they shop around for sun protection!