One thing is sure: you need to wear sunscreen everyday. But of course sunscreens are so cosmetically inelegant and I can understand why you hate wearing them. Most of them are also very heavy. An greasy. And irritating. Sometimes you’ve had to sacrifice having clear skin in order to protect your skin from the sun and you hate doing that. Because why should you be sacrificing your skin’s comfort for protection? That brings us to the question “Should you be using a mineral sunscreen instead?
If you’ve had to choose getting a few zits here and there because you know it’s important to wear a sunscreen them you be probably been using chemical sunscreens. Chemical sunscreens are known for being heavy and greasy. Honestly I hate wearing them. And I’ve tried most of them in my quest for the perfect sunscreen. I doubt if such thing even exists. We are always going to have to sacrifice one sunscreen quality for the other more pressing one.
How do Mineral Sunscreens Work?
Mineral sunscreens work just like chemical sunscreens. They mostly work by absorbing UV rays and converting them to heat just like chemical sunscreens. One of the common myths you will hear is that chemical sunscreens absorb UV rays while physical or mineral sunscreens reflect and scatter them but that is simply not true.
Mineral sunscreens are able to do this by the use of two filters: titanium oxide and zinc oxide. These are the two filters you’re likely to see in a mineral sunscreen.
Why Should You Use Mineral Sunscreens?
The first reason you should use a mineral sunscreen is because mineral sunscreens are gentle. And honestly amazing. They’re especially good if you need to use sunscreen on the eye area to combat those early signs of aging. While chemical sunscreens could get into the eyes and lead to intense stinging, mineral sunscreens don’t.
If you have sensitive skin you’re probably tired of chemical sunscreens and that’s why you should be looking into mineral or physical sunscreens. Most chemical filters contained in chemical sunscreens are very very greasy even for dry skin types. They can also be very comedogenic and triggering for sensitive skin. And that is why mineral sunscreens are heaven-sent for sensitive skin. Filters contained in mineral sunscreens do not clog pores because they are physical filters. Some of us are not trying to only look 30 when we are 50, we just don’t want to get sunburn and cancer.
Pros of Using Mineral Sunscreens
With mineral sunscreens, there’s little to no risk of irritating the skin. As opposed to chemical sunscreens with their myriad of filters that can sometimes be triggering for sensitive skin.
Mineral sunscreens can be safely used around the eyes because they do not sting. One of my criteria for sunscreen choice is if it stings or not. I once opened a sunscreen and my eyes watered up immediately. I’m looking to wade off crow’s feet and eye wrinkles for as long as I can which means I need to use sunscreen in my eye area. Mineral sunscreens make this possible with their non-stinging gentle formulas.
Mineral sunscreens begin to work immediately after application as opposed to chemical sunscreens that must be applied a few minutes before sun exposure.
Cons of Using Mineral Sunscreen
Because nothing is that perfect, mineral sunscreens have their faults too. And that is the white cast. I have yet to see a mineral sunscreen that doesn’t leave a ghostly white cast on people of color. And that is the number one fault in an otherwise perfect discovery. So yeah, physical sunscreens are made for pale white people only. Many brands claim to have superior, transparent formulas but even the best of them will still have black people looking like Casper.
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