Mineral Sunscreens●A quick tidbit of info! Please read!
Mineral sunscreens, zinc oxide and titanium dioxide, are more popular than ever. And for good reason. These minerals create a physical barrier on the skin, blocking both UVA rays (those that cause wrinkles and skin cancer) and UVB rays (those responsible for sunburn). Mineral sunscreens are effective the moment they are applied, unlike chemical sunscreens which require approximately 30 minutes to become effective after application.
Have you noticed, many mainstream brands are now adding mineral sunscreen ingredients to their sun protection line up? The problem with this practice is, if they are simply adding mineral sunscreens to their products, rather than reformulating to safe products, they may still contain harmful chemicals, including not only synthetic emollients, preservatives, and fragrance, but chemical sunscreen ingredients too. .
●The Problem With Chemical Sunscreens
Chemical sunscreens have been found to accumulate in body fat and breast milk, and have even been linked to such hormonal disruptions as early onset puberty, low sperm count, and breast cancer, as well as allergic reactions.
These ingredients are also less effective in doing their job of protecting against UV damage. Chemical sunscreens work by absorbing UV rays, allowing UVA rays to penetrate into deeper layers of skin. Mineral sunscreens form a barrier on top of skin and reflect UV rays. It has also been shown that some chemical sunscreens oxidize under the sun, causing potential free radial formation which could lead to premature aging and even skin cancer.
To steer clear of chemical sunscreen ingredients in UV protection, look for Oxybenzone, Octinoxate, Homosalate, Octisalate, Octocrylene, and Avobenzone on ingredient lisitngs.
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