5 benefits of mineral sunscreens to LOVE and get switching
With so many sunscreens on the market, it’s hard to seek one that’s just right. We become mind boggled about choosing the right SPF factor, natural sunscreen ingredients vs chemical ingredients, size, price, certifications, and so on. As we become more knowledgeable and aware of the ingredients that make up our skin care products, it’s no wonder there is a push to understand what really goes into our sunscreens and how these choices can affect our health and that of our little ones.
- Mineral sunscreens use naturally derived sun filters, not chemicals
The natural sun filters found in natural sunscreens are made of titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, which deflect the sun’s harmful rays, both UVA and UVB, by sitting on top of the skin and scattering rays away from the skin. For this reason, they are known as physical blockers. This makes them effective as soon as they are applied; there is no waiting time for the sunscreen to start blocking out the sun.
In contrast, chemical sunscreens penetrate your skin and offer protection by disseminating UV rays. Chemicals are immediately absorbed into the blood stream and are then circulated throughout the body. Research has found that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are estrogenic — meaning that they disrupt the endocrine system and can possibly lead to cancer development.
Chemical sunscreens contain carbon based compounds, to mention the most popular, oxybenzone, octinoxate, octisalate and avobenzone, which work by changing UV rays into heat, then releasing that heat from the skin. Have you ever wondered why some people or children with sensitive skin actually look sun burnt when chemical sunscreens are applied? This is just a reaction to the heat releasing chemicals in the cream.
2. Mineral based sunscreens are safe for our oceans
Comprehensive studies demonstrate that sunscreen chemicals damage corals. Chemical sun filters oxybenzone and octinoxate, which convert sunburn-causing UV rays into heat on human skin to block out the UV rays. However, when these chemicals are in the water, they actually decrease corals’ defenses against bleaching, damaging their DNA and hurting their development. You also have to wonder… if these chemicals are responsible for the destruction of the natural world around us, what long term can they have on us?
By choosing mineral sunscreens with mineral sun filters as opposed to chemical ones, we can make safer choices that lessen our impact on the ocean, and ensure the longevity of our wondrous marine life.
3. Mineral sunscreens are less likely to irritate skin
The formulations in mineral sunscreens are based on more natural principles. As manufacturers try and stick to natural ingredients, there is more regard for the wellbeing of our skin. From my research to date, the more natural oils and botanical plant extracts contained in your vegan or natural sunscreen will make a difference to how well it nourishes your skin, as well as giving you a divine aroma therapeutic natural scent. Our UV Bio Paris line combines a rich blend of Karanja Oil, Goji Berry extract, Jojoba and Sunflower wax. Karanja Oil, in addition to its hydrating and nourishing properties, has the capacity to boost the efficiency of our body's mineral sun filter as it naturally absorbs the UV rays. I adore the scent and how pleasant it feels to apply it and its non-greasy after touch.
Mineral sunscreens are generally well-tolerated by sensitive skin because the sun filters aren’t absorbed into the skin. Instead, the mineral sunscreens sit on the surface of the skin and act as a screen, deflecting UV radiation.
4. Mineral sunscreens are the safest option for babies
Chemical based sunscreens contain many toxins that can cause irritation or mild reactions on baby’s skin. Before chemical sunscreens can offer UV protection, the chemicals must first penetrate into the skin.
Furthermore, trace amounts of the chemicals found in sunscreens travel to your bloodstream. Once in your bloodstream, they can filter into other bodily fluids, such as breastmilk. A study published by a team of scientists, led by Dr. Margret Schlumpf of the University of Zurich, found trace amounts of at least one sunscreen chemical in the breast milk of 76.5 percent of the women they tested.
The best option available for protecting your little one’s skin from the sun is mineral sunscreen. Simply put, mineral sunscreens are the safer alternative.
Mineral sunscreen starts protecting your skin
immediately after application.
For chemical sunscreens to start working effectively at blocking out UV rays, the sun filters first need be absorbed into the skin. This process takes around 20 minutes or so. That means you need to wait until the sunscreen starts acting or you may risk sunburn and premature aging. The beauty about mineral sunscreens is that they protect the skin by physically screening the sun’s rays, which means they are working hard for you as soon as they hit your skin.
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Yours in beauty and health,