The difference between chemical sunscreen and mineral sunscreen

The difference between chemical sunscreen and mineral sunscreen

Just because summer is gone (it will be back soon... one day 😛) it does not mean that you need to forget about sunscreen! But with all the different types and brands out there, it can be hard to know which one to choose. In this article, we'll be taking a closer look at two of the most popular types of sunscreen: chemical and mineral.

There's more than one type of SPF?

(In case you didn't know by now) Sunscreen is a product that is applied to the skin to protect it from the sun's ultraviolet (UV) rays. There are two main types of sunscreen: chemical and mineral.

Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV radiation and converting it into heat, which is then released from the skin. Mineral sunscreens work by reflecting UV radiation away from the skin (which sounds better to you?)

There are pros and cons to both types of sunscreen. Chemical sunscreens are generally more effective at blocking UV rays than mineral sunscreens, but they can also be more irritating to the skin. Mineral sunscreens tend to be more gentle, but they may not provide as much protection from UV rays.

It's important to choose a sunscreen that is right for your skin type and needs. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to use a mineral sunscreen. If you are going to be spending a lot of time in the sun, you may want to use a chemical sunscreen for maximum protection.

What is the difference between a chemical sunscreen and mineral sunscreen?

Both types of sunscreen are effective at protecting your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. However, there are some differences between these two types of sunscreen.

Chemical sunscreen is typically made with a combination of two or more chemicals, such as oxybenzone and avobenzone. These chemicals work together to absorb UV rays and protect your skin from damage.

Mineral sunscreen, on the other hand, is made with ingredients like zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. These minerals sit on top of your skin and reflect UV rays away from your body. It's a much more natural way of protecting your skin, of course.

One advantage of chemical sunscreen is that it tends to be thinner and easier to apply than mineral sunscreen. It also generally lasts longer on your skin before you need to reapply it. Pros and cons...

However, some people prefer mineral sunscreen because it is less likely to irritate sensitive skin. Mineral sunscreens also tend to be physical sunscreens, meaning they provide protection from both UVA and UVB rays.

So, which type of sunscreen is right for you? Which one is a good choice?

Which type of sunscreen is better?


So, which sunscreen is better? The answer may depend on your individual needs and preferences. If you have sensitive skin, you may prefer a mineral sunscreen. They're also safer for marine life, including fish and coral reef. When thinking about the environment, chemical sunscreens aren't reef-safe and are known to be harmful to many kinds of marine life. 

If you are worried about the potential for hormone disruption, you may prefer a chemical sunscreen that does not contain oxybenzone or other potentially disruptive ingredients. Ultimately, the best sunscreen is the one that you will use consistently and that provides the level of protection that you need. 

How to choose the right sunscreen for you

With all of the options on the market, it can be hard to decide which sunscreen is right for you.

We know how they differ when it comes to the way that they work, but a few other factors may come into play when making your decision. Sometimes it may not just be about protecting yourself but also others.

Chemical sunscreens are usually lighter and easier to apply than mineral sunscreens. They also tend to be more affordable. However, some people find that chemical sunscreens can irritate their skin. They may also not be as effective if you sweat or swim a lot, since they can rub off easily.

Mineral sunscreens are often thicker and can be more difficult to apply. They may also leave a white cast on your skin. But they tend to be more gentle on sensitive skin, and they're more water-resistant, so they're a good choice if you'll be sweating or swimming.

No matter which type of sunscreen you choose, make sure to reapply it every two hours (or more often if you're sweating or swimming). And remember, sunscreen is just

The finale

There are pros and cons to both chemical and mineral sunscreens. Ultimately, the best sunscreen is the one that you will use consistently and correctly. Be sure to read the label carefully and apply as directed. And remember, no sunscreen protects 100%, so be sure to take other sun safety measures as well, such as wearing protective clothing and seeking shade when possible.