Sunscreen: Is it time to switch from chemical to mineral?

Sunscreen: Is it time to switch from chemical to mineral?

Mineral (also called ‘physical’) sunscreen works in a completely different way to chemical sunscreen. Chemical products contain lots of chemical compounds and need your skin to absorb the UVA and UVB rays before they can actually work.

Mineral sunscreen uses just one natural ingredient, either zinc oxide or titanium dioxide, to create a physical barrier on (not in) your skin, so the harmful rays bounce right off. Not only does it provide better protection against skin cancer, it’s better for the overall health of your skin.

Mineral sunscreen is also free of chemicals like Oxybenzone, which has been shown to damage marine life by contributing to coral bleaching. Oxybenzone is so harmful to coral reefs that Hawaii has passed a bill to ban the sale of it entirely from 2021.

It's time to choose a reef-friendly, mineral sunscreen — your skin and the planet will thank you for it.

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