The first day of summer is almost here, which for some of you means summer vacation and spending more time in the sun. As we enjoy our time outdoors, it’s important to remember to protect our skin against harmful UV rays. Applying sunscreen regularly is the key to preventing sun damage, premature aging, sunspots, and even skin cancer.
After years of using a chemical sunscreen, I’m happy to say that I’ve found a mineral sunscreen worth switching for. Not only are the ingredients cleaner, but it’s much better for the environment as well. I’m excited to share a bit of information on the difference between the two and what I’m currently using.
What’s the difference between a mineral sunscreen and a chemical one?
A mineral sunscreen reflects the sun’s rays creating a barrier using active ingredients such as titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, whereas a chemical sunscreen absorbs UV rays by changing the chemical structure to reduce sun damage. Some common active ingredients in chemical sunscreens are oxybenzone and octinoxate.
Why choose a mineral sunscreen?
Mineral sunscreens are formulated without chemicals and create a physical barrier between your skin and the sun’s rays by reflecting it. Active ingredients found in chemical sunscreens such as oxybenzone and octinoxate have been linked to coral bleaching, which negatively impact our marine life.
When coral bleaches (turns white), it’s still alive, but it’s under severe stress, which leaves it susceptible to disease and death.
In July 2018, the state of Hawaii banned the sale of sunscreens containing oxybenzone and octinoxate. The city of Key West, Florida, followed suit in early 2019.REI co-op, What is reef-safe sunscreen?
While mineral sunscreens can often leave a white cast or reflect in photos, I’ve found recent formulations from many brands to be as smooth and blendable as a chemical sunscreen. So you don’t have to compromise just for the formula.
Which mineral sunscreen do you recommend?
I’ve been loving NUDESTIX’s Daily Mineral Veil SPF 30. It has the Clean Seal of approval at Sephora. This means the product is formulated without harmful ingredients including parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde, coal tar, insoluble plastic microbeads, and more. It also comes in biodegradable packaging.
It’s reef safe, meaning it doesn’t contain any chemical additives to harm marine life. Its lightweight, hydrating, and oil-free formula glides onto the skin without feeling heavy or greasy. It contains purple tea extracts, green algae extract, and passionflower extract which provides defence against free radicals, hydration, and protection from environmental pollutants.
I love the airless pump-tube. It’s easy to gauge how much product to use compared to a squeeze bottle. This sunscreen comes in 4 blendable shades, which acts like a tinted moisturizer. If you don’t like tinted moisturizers, they also have a tint-free option.
How does it wear?
It’s recommended that you do a patch test prior to use, especially if your skin tends to react to new products. I applied a small amount along my jaw line and once there was no reaction after several hours, I used it the next day.
I have fair skin and chose the shade Tan. At first, the shade looked too dark but once I applied it on my skin, it blended out beautifully giving my skin a natural and healthy glow. After years of using chemical sunscreens, I got used to my skin looking very shiny and oily after application, and even more so at the end of a long day. I was surprised to find that my skin didn’t look greasy with a mineral sunscreen.
In conclusion… I love NUDESTIX’s mineral sunscreen. Not only does it wear beautifully on the skin, but it also contains ingredients that are safe for us and for our marine life. If you’re on the hunt for a new mineral sunscreen, I definitely recommend checking it out. What are your thoughts on mineral sunscreens? Do you have a go-to already? I’d love to hear your finds. For more posts relating to beauty, visit my tag here.