The Difference Between Mineral and Chemical Sunscreen

The main difference is that mineral sunscreens contain ingredients such as zinc oxide or titanium dioxide that work by preventing or blocking harmful UV rays in the skin as they reflect away. Chemical sunscreens are packed with chemical filters that absorb, catalyze, and transform the ultraviolet rays into heat, disintegrating them from the body.

How Once-Only Sunscreens Work

Once-only sunscreens contain strong organic properties that form a thick layer on the skin to reflect UV radiations and scatter them away from the skin.

Why We Need Separate Sunscreen for The Face

As a dermatologist, we use a different sunscreen for the face; the facial skin is highly sensitive compared to other body parts. Using body sunscreen on the face can cause leave white marks on the skin.

What to Look Out for On the Label

When shopping for sunscreen products, check on the level of SPF; I recommend sunscreen with an SPF of 10 to 15, whether it’s of broad-spectrum protection, the expiration date, PABA free, oxybenzone free, and water-resistant.

Ingredients to Avoid If You Have Sensitive Skin

I highly advise you to avoid sunscreen products with homosalate, oxybenzone, avobenzone, zinc oxide, octislate, and titanium dioxide. They are highly absorbed in the skin, making it vulnerable to harmful UV rays. They can trigger skin allergic reactions or irritations.

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