In addition to being potentially less irritating on sensitive skins, mineral or physical spf’s are safer to coral reefs too.

Chemical Or Mineral Suncream

A mineral sunscreen uses active ingredients in the form of minerals, key ingredients used most often are zinc oxide and titanium dioxide. Both of these ingredients occur naturally, although they can also be created synthetically. 

Chemical sunscreens penetrate your skin and offer protection by dissipating UV rays. By contrast, mineral sunscreens simply sit on top of your skin and reflect UV rays away from your body.

Pro’s Of Mineral Suncream

As a general statement, mineral spf’s are typically better suited for sensitive skins and as a result are ideal for children and those with delicate skins. Mineral spf’s provide immediate protection from harmful uva and uvb rays. Typically, mineral spf’s last longer in direct uv light than their chemical counterparts. 

Cons Of Mineral Sunscreen

Due to their physical defence on the surface of the skin, mineral spf may generally be less cosmetically elegant than other more quickly absorbed chemical formulas. Mineral spf used to get a bad review from many consumers due to their often thick and slightly chalky texture and can be known to look ashy and leave a white cast on darker skin tones. It is worth noting that such formulas have come along way in the last ten years and there are many brands that have managed to create products that work well for all skin tones and that sink in nicely thanks to a carefully curated ingredient list. 

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