Why Skin Experts Recommend Mineral Sunscreens Over Chemical Ones

Many of us enjoy spending our days outside in the sun. Unfortunately, the sun can damage your skin, causing burns, blisters, and even skin cancer. In honor of July being UV Awareness Month, we want to highlight the importance of sunscreen and make sure you know your options!

Skin cancer is the most frequent type of cancer in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), with about 20 Americans dying from melanoma — the most serious type of skin cancer — every day. What is the leading cause of melanoma? Exposure to ultraviolet (UV) light, which includes both natural and artificial sources such as tanning beds and the sun's rays.

But which sunscreen should you use? With much recent controversy regarding chemical sunscreen ingredients and their possible toxicity, one statement remains true: any sunscreen is better than none!

However, we find that - when given the choice - cleaner ingredients are best. Skin experts agree. Mineral sunscreens, unlike chemical ones, do not enter the blood stream but instead remain atop skin to block UV rays. Along with no reported toxicity, mineral sunscreens are suitable for a wide range of individuals, including babies, children, pregnant women, and those with sensitive or acne-prone skin. Let’s dive into the differences.  

What Is Mineral Sunscreen and How Does It Work?

Because it physically blocks the sun's rays, mineral sunscreen for the face and body is also known as physical sunscreen or sunblock.

Zinc Oxide, Titanium Dioxide, or a mixture of the two are the active ingredients in mineral sunscreen. However, Zinc Oxide protects skin from a broader range of UV rays than Titanium Dioxide, as well as blue light.


What Is the Difference Between Chemical And Mineral Sunscreen?

Mineral sunscreen sits on top of the skin and protects it from UV rays.

Chemical sunscreens contain active chemicals that soak into your skin, such as oxybenzone, avobenzone, and octinoxate.

UV light is absorbed, converted to heat, and then released away from your skin which in turn makes it safer for the skin compared to chemical sunscreens. 



Do Mineral Sunscreens Have a Better Safety Record Than Chemical Sunscreens?

Mineral sunscreens for the face earn a big thumbs up for safety, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which says there's enough data to suggest they're safe.

The FDA regulates all sunscreens as over-the-counter medications. Sunscreens, both mineral and chemical, are approved to protect your skin from harmful UV rays.

However, recent recognition of possible toxicity of ingredients in chemical sunscreens have made more skin experts recommend mineral sunscreens. Although this is something recent in the United States, other countries have long limited chemical sunscreen ingredients. 

Mineral Sunscreen Without White Cast

So why doesn't everyone use mineral sunscreen then?

The biggest complaint - and misconception - about mineral sunscreen is the white cast that it leaves behind.

MOOD DEFEND Daily Mineral Sunscreen Serum contains Zinc Oxide and goes on clear! 

It also contains other skin-protecting ingredients including Blueberry Seed Oil which offers blue light protection.

Remember, sunscreen and clothing is the best way to protect your skin against damaging UV rays that have proven to cause skin cancer. Choose mineral sunscreen when you can, but always put on sunscreen of any type.

*These statements are found to be accurate as of the time this blog is published.

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