Everyone is familiar with the dangers of the sun. Prolonged exposure to UV rays increases the risk of skin cancer, leads to sunburn and makes our skin age faster. We know how important it is to wear sunscreens daily. But between mineral and chemical sunscreens, how to pick the right one to protect your skin?
The main difference between mineral and chemical sunscreens are ingredients. Mineral sunscreens contain active mineral ingredients - titanium dioxide or zinc oxide whose role is to sit on top of your skin and protect your skin from damaging UVA rays. In fact, these ingredients work as UVA rays blocker. Chemical sunscreens, on the other hand, have ingredients that potentially may cause health problems, irritations and skin discolouration due to a higher internal skin temperature.
Rosie H-W told W magazine.
Mineral sunscreens protect your skin against both UVA and UVB rays and start protecting it as soon as you apply it on your skin, while chemical sunscreens require time to create a protective film over your skin. Chemical sunscreens can also clog your pores, cause irritation, while mineral sunscreens are recommended for all skin types, including people with sensitive skin, rosacea, and redness, as they are not pore-clogging and less likely to cause any irritations.
While chemical sunscreens are bad for your skin, they are also bad for coral reef due to its ingredients oxybenzone and oxtinoxate, and are banned in Hawaii for posing a risk of degrading coral reef when worn while swimming. It doesn't stop there, except environmental and skin issues caused by chemical sunscreens, its ingredients also may disrupt hormone production. Oxybenzone is linked with skin allergies, cell damage, a higher risk of endometriosis in women and poorer sperm quality in men, and hormone disruption. Unfortunately, around 65% of chemical sunscreens are made of oxybenzone. A new study made by Chemosphere journal states that popular chemical sunscreen ingredient avobenzone breaks down into potentially dangerous chemicals when it interacts with chlorinated water and sunlight.
Majority of experts agree it's best to use mineral sunscreens, especially if you have sensitive skin. Mineral sunscreens are more natural and contain zinc and titanium dioxide. Luckily today we have good options of mineral sunscreens, even though it is not that easy to find them yet. Not every pharmacy or store carries a mineral sunscreen, but we are starting to see a shift as more and more people start questioning what they put on their skin, your body's largest organ.
Soleil Toujours is our brand of choice when it comes to skin care and sun. They have created a formula that offers supperior and 100% mineral protection that at the same time hydrates and nurishes the skin. The sunscreens are fortified with potent antioxidants, vitamins and botanicals. One of their magic ingredients is EcoSunComplex®, a power packed natural formulation composed of red algae, vitamin C ester, vitamin E and Bisabolol, that acts as a natural SPF booster, reduces UV-induced DNA damage, prevents loss of firmness, increases skin smoothness, and decreases wrinkle depth. Contains green tea leaf extract, which has demonstrated an ability to help guard against UV-induced immunosuppression and cancer-causing skin damage.
So let's protect our skin and coral reefs from the chemicals that are harmful :)