In the idea of non-toxic beauty and getting a clean[er] beauty routine, it’s important to make the shift to mineral sunscreen this summer.
Why Switching From Chemical to Mineral Sunscreen
But first what is the difference between mineral and chemical sunscreen? Mineral sunscreens contain two different ingredients such as zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. Both ingredients are soothing to the skin. Indeed, zinc is the ingredient that many baby-bottom creams and blemish-soothing products are made with. Mineral sunscreens work by sitting on the top of the skin and reflect the light so it doesn’t reach the skin.
On the other hands, chemical sunscreens contain active ingredients such as avobenzone, octinoxate, oxybenzone, octocrylene, and ecamsule. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV lights within the skin. And, there are several problems with those chemical sunscreens.
- First, those sunscreen contains some of the most health-disrupting and skin-irritating chemicals in the beauty industry. Those active ingredients in chemical sunscreen can disrupt our hormones, irritate our skin, and cause allergies.
- In addition, those ingredients can be detected at high concentrations in the bloodstream, according to a recent study published in JAMA. The results do not indicate the ingredients cause any harm, but do provide justification for further investigation of their potential toxicities.
- Last but not least, chemical sunscreens are bad for the environment and can even kill corals. Indeed, two of the most used chemical sunscreen ingredients (oxybenzone and octinoxate) were banned last year in Hawaii because they devastate marine life, particularly coral.
To summarize, not only mineral sunscreens are reef-safe, nonirritating, non-allergenic, and non-comedogenic, but they are safer! Using clean, mineral-only sunscreen this summer is one of the best ways to help protect skin from photodamage.
7 Best Mineral Sunscreen For the Face and Body
REN Mineral SPF30 Mattifying Face Sunscreen
A silicone-free mineral face sunscreen that provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, blue light protection, and non-nano technology. Zinc Oxide prevents aging and pigmentation, while passion fruit extract protects against pollution and oxidation. Finally, rice extract soothes the most sensitive skins and gives a mattifying finish.
Pai Hello Sunshine Sensitive Sunscreen SPF 30
Pai’s mineral sunscreen features Zinc oxide to protect against UVA and UVB light, and cotton extract to protect skin from oxidative damage. The formula includes Pongamia glabra seed oil derived from the seeds of the Millettia pinnata tree, that has antioxidant and emollient properties.
Oh My Cream Skincare Sun Protection Cream SPF30
Oh My Cream’s sunscreen is a 100% mineral sunscreen with a light texture, to protect and hydrate all types of skin, even the most sensitive. The formula contains 84% of natural active ingredients with zinc oxide, titanium dioxide and without nanoparticles. In addition, hyaluronic acid associated with apricot oil plump and moisturize the skin.
Mimitika Lait Minéral Protecteur SPF50
Mimitika’s sunscreen for the face and body is mineral sun lotion with a slightly tinted formulation. Its formula is 97% natural and contains karanja oil, coconut, watermelon seeds, sweet almond, jojoba, and borage vegetable oils to moisturize the skin and protect it against free radicals. Finally, seaweed extracts provide a faster tan while natural pigments avoid white marks.
Soleil Toujours Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF 45
Soleil Toujours’s sunscreen is a non-chemical, mineral sunscreen that provides high-level SPF coverage for intense sun exposure. It features potent antioxidants and organic ingredients to target skin aging. Key ingredients are zinc oxide, green tea leaf extract, red algae and vitamins C and E.
DR Dennis Gross Skincare Dark Spot Sun Defense SPF50
DR Dennis Gross Skincare’s sunscreen is a mineral sunscreen that has anti-aging properties; it brightens existing dark spots and restores uniformity of tone. The formula contains hydrating, skin conditioning ingredients, and vitamin C/E to maximize anti-aging effects. Finally, skin-nourishing ceramides, hyaluronic acid, and evening primrose oil enhance elasticity and bolster skin’s resilience.
Avène Mineral Fluid SPF50+
Avène Mineral Fluid SPF50+ is sunscreen lotion with a gentle mineral complex to protect the most sensitive skins. Key ingredients of the formula are Pre-Tocopheryl which creates a barrier against harmful free radicals, and Avene’s Thermal Spring Water to soothe sensitive skins. Water-resistant.