Chemical vs. Mineral Sunscreen

Chemical vs. Mineral Sunscreen

Last updated on March 26th, 2024 at 10:42 pm

No matter your age, your lifestyle, whether you choose to smoke still, or the number of units of alcohol you drink each week, your skin, and especially your face, is constantly exposed to the elements.

As such, if you want to preserve the condition and quality of your skin as much as possible for as long as possible, then it is time to start thinking about what products you use on a daily basis and, more specifically, the type of sunscreen. The sun’s rays can lead to premature aging, but that’s not the biggest problem for many – it’s the increased risk of skin cancer.

So, in an effort to help you look after your skin and protect it from the sun, here is why natural and mineral-based sunscreens are significantly better than anything a chemical product has to offer.

Mineral-Based Sunscreens Can Work in Conjunction with Your Own Skin

Your skin type is personal to you, and more than that, as you get older, the natural condition and make-up of your skin change and adapt with you.

Choosing a generic, mass-produced chemical sunscreen is merely designed to suit the ‘average’ skin type, and just as with clothing sizes, one size most definitely does not fit all. Instead, opting for an organic mineral sunscreen designed for your skin type, age, and any allergies you might have could be an ideal choice for your skin.

Chemical Sunscreens Usually Contain Fewer Vitamins & Antioxidants

Organically grown and cultivated plant-based sunscreens tend to contain much higher volumes of vitamins and antioxidants than non-organic ones, so choosing an organic option, for example, means that you are treating your skin to protection from Mother Nature herself.

Choosing an organic mineral sunscreen, which contains plant-based vitamins and minerals, offers broad coverage, and is rich in antioxidants, may be better for your skin than a store-bought, basic chemical one if you have sensitive skin that reacts badly to chemicals.

Many Mineral-Based Sunscreens Are Cruelty-Free 

If, and hopefully you are, someone who is conscious about the mistreatment of animals in toiletry and product testing, then another massive advantage of choosing a natural, physical sunscreen over a chemical one is many brands that make these products ensure no animals are harmed in the process. 

As mineral sunscreens, skincare products, and beauty treatments are entirely derived from natural ingredients, minimal testing is required and therefore you can always be sure to see the official cruelty-free label on all such items. 

Chemical Sunscreens Can Actually Be Bad for Your Skin

Many, even incredibly well-known, chemical sunscreens found on the shelves of virtually every store on every street corner can cause harm to your skin, however subtly or, indeed, severely, over time. 

The reason why so many people have turned to chemical sunscreens in the past is because of affordability, and such is the human condition that people rarely think of the long-term effects. Damage to your skin can also take a long time to show itself, and it could well be that your skin is already showing signs of distress, with mineral sunscreens being much kinder to the surface 

Some chemical products can even go as far as to weaken and damage the skin, especially on the face and neck, and can cause pores to become clogged, an overall increased level of sensitivity, premature fine lines and aging marks, and skin irritation. 

The nutritional value of plant-based products, however, means that you are likely to benefit from long-term improvements in the condition of your skin and are not putting yourself at risk of developing an adverse reaction to harsh chemicals. 

Mineral-Based Sunscreens Respect the Natural Environment

Aside from the plethora of aforementioned reasons why you should always choose mineral, plant-based sunscreens instead of chemical ones, the final reason in this article is simply that they are so, so much better for the environment.

Moreover, choosing to use mineral face products and toiletries will serve to start to reduce your own personal carbon footprint and help to minimize your impact on the natural world, which is a great way to live your life. Plus, most mineral sunscreens are better for the oceans; many chemical ones can harm reefs and marine life, whereas natural “reef-safe” options don’t damage the underwater world.

So, next time you are browsing the aisles looking for a new sunscreen, take the time to read the back of the box or bottle and look at each ingredient while looking for the organic mineral branding. As a general rule, natural and plant-based items will boast a comprehensive list of ingredients that you are more likely to recognize. 

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