• Steph Wood

Mineral vs Chemical Sunscreen, do you know the difference?

Mineral sunscreens are made up of either one or both active ingredients being either Zinc Oxide or Titanium Dioxide. These active ingredients are considered a "physical blocker" in simple terms they sit "on top" of your skin and create a barrier to reflect away UV rays, they act as a shield for the skin and are not absorbed into the body.

Chemical sunscreens penetrate the skin. They work by absorbing UV rays and converting them to a small amount of heat, which the body releases.

Some active ingredients in chemical sunscreen have been grave concerns in its ability to harm our coral ecosystem along with creating hormonal disruptors within our human body.

Pollution in the environment from chemical sunscreens can result in a reduced resilience to climate change events, and even contribute to reproductively impaired organisms, including coral and fish, that can go locally extinct in a matter of generations by inducing sterility and reproductive failure.

A 2018 study shows alarming results in regards to pregnant or breastfeeding while potentially using chemical sunscreens containing oxybenzone. Charlotte D LaPlante, Ruby Bansal, Karen A Dunphy, D Joseph Jerry, Laura N Vandenberg, Oxybenzone Alters Mammary Gland Morphology in Mice Exposed During Pregnancy and Lactation, Journal of the Endocrine Society, Volume 2, Issue 8, August 2018, Pages 903–921, https://doi.org/1

Zinc oxide is considered one of the healthiest and most sustainable sunscreen ingredients we have access to. Not only does it block both UVA and UVB rays – which are responsible for causing burns, skin damage, and skin cancer but it's also a completely ocean-safe formula.

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