Mixing mineral and chemical sunscreens...
Did you know..... More sunscreen isn't always better?
There has been a recent study in the USA into the effectiveness of applying a mineral sunscreen and then adding a foundation or moisturiser that contains a chemical sunscreen. It turns out that this isn't generally a good idea as they can react to each other and cause you to burn, even though you thought you were doubling up on protection. The study is showing a reduction in protection of up to 91% which is super scary!
We recommend you do your research into the foundation or moisturiser you are currently using. Does it contain a chemical sunscreen in it? In particular, zinc oxide-based 'mineral' ones? If it does, we suggest you don't use it with our sunscreen as well. One or the other, but always have sunscreen on either way.
You know we would of course prefer that you use our super safe mineral sunscreen, but ultimately, we want you to be protected either way! In choosing a mineral sunscreen to apply every day, you are also being kind to the planet and a mineral sunscreen, no matter which brand, is going to be gentler on sensitive skin.
Did you also know that if you get sunburnt while wearing sunscreen, it often isn't the sunscreens fault?
Most sunburn while wearing protection comes from being applied incorrectly, so follow the instructions on the pack carefully, and be sure to sure to slip slop slap every 2 hours if you're outdoors playing in the sun!
To sum all that up, more isn't necessarily better. To be safe, we recommend you choose one or the other. A mineral sunscreen and a moisturiser or foundation that doesn't contain sunscreen, or forgo the sunscreen and choose a foundation or moisturiser that contains an SPF15 sunscreen it.
It's also important to note that these studies are only in their early days, and further research is needed, but in the meantime, wear your sunscreen every day!!!