We love hanging out in the sun! Nothing like a bit of Vitamin D to lift the spirits.
We also know how dangerous the sun can be, so we refuse to leave the house without slapping on some sunscreen to protect us from those nasty and painful sunburns.
There are two types of sunscreens out there: Chemical Sunscreen and Mineral sunscreens.
What is the difference?
Mineral sunscreens contain natural minerals (like zinc oxide) that sit on the skin surface and provide a physical barrier preventing UV rays from penetrating the skin.
While chemical sunscreens allow the UV light into the skin and create a chemical reaction that that converts these UV rays into heat that gets dispersed through the skin.
Mineral sunscreens are a better option for people with sensitive skin and won’t clog your pores causing irritating acne breakouts, not to mention the damaging effects of ingredients that chemical sunscreen contains on our ocean and coral reef ecosystems.
Mineral sunscreens are a broad-spectrum blocker, meaning it protects from UVA, B and even C rays and have been recognised as safe and effective by the FDA (The United States Food and Drug Administration), and are suitable for people who intend to use them daily.
What about the environment?
Ingredients in common chemical sunscreens have been destroying coral reefs for decades without us even knowing! Scientists have only recently found that some chemicals found in sunscreen and other personal beauty and self-care products are deadly to the delicate ecosystems that form around coral reefs.
Dermatologists have stated that chemical sunscreen is not dangerous to use on our human skin. This means you can drench yourself in any sunscreen whenever you go outside, to the park or even if you want to take a dip.