Mineral vs. Chemical Sunscreens
In general, the two types of sunscreens are chemical and mineral. The sunscreens we carry are mineral sunscreens, made with non-nano zinc oxide. Why choose a mineral sunscreen over a chemical one? Well, in chemical sunscreens, the active ingredients are small, and capable of soaking through your skin (and into your body!). One great example is oxybenzone, a common active ingredient in chemical sunscreens. It’s known to accelerate coral reef bleaching when it washes off in the ocean, and is small enough to absorb into your body. These sunscreens are also more likely to dry clear (rather than the skin-whitening effect you can see in some sunscreens). Some of these ingredients can also cause irritation for someone with sensitive skin.
In mineral sunscreens, the only 2 active ingredients (zinc oxide and titanium dioxide), are large enough that they cannot be absorbed through your skin and into your body. They sit on your skin and help reflect the light back.
Overall, the active ingredients in mineral sunscreens are safer for your body, and for the habitats of our friends in the sea!