The Scoop on Mineral Sunscreen: Does it Work?
The answer is yes...maybe even better than its chemical counterparts, i.e. most of what you'll find at your local drugstores and supermarkets.
Made with UV blocking zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, mineral sunscreen is safe, effective, and gentle, but still packs the punch of UVA/UVB broad-spectrum protection. Mineral sunscreen is physical sunscreen. It protects your skin at the surface by reflecting UV rays away from your skin cells.
Chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays beneath the skin’s surface--good because you’re protected from uncomfortable, damaging, burns. Not so good for UV exposure and the added chemicals in the blood stream. Unlike their chemical competitors, mineral sunscreens block the sun’s rays before the damaging radiation can reach your skin.
The zinc oxide and titanium dioxide active ingredients of mineral formulas act as a shield against UV-induced damage. And they do it gently, without the toxins.
The Real Beauty of Mineral is in the Added Benefits
Safer for you and the environment. The primary active ingredient in most chemical sunscreens, oxybenzone is known to poison the earth’s oceans, causing destruction amongst marine life. Sunscreens with only mineral active ingredients are not known to cause any eco damage.
Protects and Nourishes
Many mineral sunscreens are infused with nourishing moringa oil, so your skin will feel smooth, radiant, young, and protected.
The EWG recommends mineral sunscreen in their Guide to Sunscreen, created to support their mission to keep sunscreen users both safe and protected.
100% Cruelty-Free and Vegan
Mineral sunscreen brands are more conscious, so it’s not uncommon to find brands like Sunology that are Leaping Bunny certified cruelty-free and formulated without the use of any animal-derived ingredients.
Like any sunscreen variety, mineral sunscreens undergo strict testing by the FDA to earn the “UVA/UVB Broad-spectrum” designation, and to attain an SPF rating and water-resistant claim. This process is required for every sunscreen on the market, so you can rest assured that mineral sunscreens are just as effective as the chemical alternatives, if not more!
They may feel different when you first apply, but that’s to be expected from a product that doesn’t contain the absorption-aiding chemicals of other sunscreens.
A bit of extra spreading might be needed, but you can still achieve an invisible application. Plus, some mineral sunscreens do more than just keep your sensitive skin cells safe.
Not sure where to start? Sunology offers 3 water-resistant, SPF 50 sunscreen creams and an SPF 30 Sunscreen Lip Balm, all infused with natural moringa oil. The mineral active ingredients protect and the added essential oils support skin health, for sun protection that’s naturally nourishing.