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Chemical vs Mineral Sunscreen, What is the best?

ANY SUNSCREEN IS BETTER THAN NO SUNSCREEN

By suns exposure we are not only talking about laying down hours on end with direct sun exposure, but only walking to your car, or working close to a window… Sun damaged does not need a prolonged direct exposure to damage your skin.

In addition of causing premature aging of the skin, UV are the number one cause of melanoma? Exposure to natural and artificial ultraviolet light; the same light you get from tanning beds and the sun’s rays.
A study published in September 2018 in JAMA Dermatology reveals that regular sunscreen use in young adults is strongly associated with a reduced risk of melanoma.
There are two main types — chemical and mineral — and each type has its pros and cons.

What Is Chemical Sunscreen?

While many different types of chemicals offer sun protection, the most commonly used chemical SPF ingredients are :
- oxybenzone,
- avobenzone,
- octinoxate,
- octisalate.

These admittedly hard-to-pronounce ingredients work like a sponge, absorbing ultraviolet radiation before it can reach your skin. This SPF 30 chemical sunscreen is water-resistant for up to 80 minutes and provides long-lasting yet weightless sun protection for all skin types, including sensitive skin.
Whereas chemical sunscreens use chemicals to filter out the sun’s damaging UV rays, mineral sunscreens physically block ultraviolet radiation with ingredients like :
- titanium dioxide
- zinc oxide.

As such, mineral sunscreen is sometimes called physical sunscreen or sunblock. Though it’s as effective as chemical sunscreen, mineral SPF only accounts for a small percentage in the market.

What Is Mineral Sunscreen?

Benefits Of Chemical Sunscreen?

Chemical sunscreens tend to absorb quickly and dry with an invisible finish, making them ideal for those looking for a sunscreen that they can wear daily. Their lightweight, non-chalky finish also makes chemical sunscreens well-suited for those with darker skin tones . If you choose chemical sunscreen, look for a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30.
Mineral sunscreen, meanwhile, is very gentle, which makes it an ideal option for those with problem skin . Mineral sunscreen sits on top of the skin and bounce back the UV rays, and therefore will leave a white cast on the skin or even make you look ashy. Try to look for tinted mineral SPF.

Additionally, the active ingredients in mineral sunscreen are generally believed to be more environmentally friendly than chemical SPF, particularly for vulnerable aquatic ecosystems. As such, mineral sunscreens may be preferable for those looking to adopt a more sustainable beauty routine.

Benefits Of Mineral Sunscreens?

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Which is best?

The Goose doesn't recommend one type of sunscreen over the other -- if your concern is protecting your skin, either will work. We first recommend avoiding the sun altogether, at least at peak hours. The known benefits of wearing any sunscreen is the reduction in risk for skin cancer, reduction in sunburn, reduced skin aging and that absolutely outweigh the theoretical risks of absorption.

Chemical sunscreen ingredients are part of a controversy where some dermatologist are criticizing the effectiveness and safety of those ingredients when penetrating the blood stream, however further research are in progress to determine those allegations.

At this stage most or if not all countries legislation still authorize the sell of chemical sunscreen. So please make additional research before starting to use any kind of sunscreen.
Sunscreens should be broad-spectrum, meaning they have UVA and UVB protection, with an SPF of 30 or higher, and are water-resistant.

Apply every morning, as the last step of your morning routine, and reapply every 2 to 3 hours.

EVERYDAY, even if you are not going outside!!!

What to look for in a sunscreen ?

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